[ in-di-stingkt ]
See synonyms for: indistinctindistinctlyindistinctness on

  1. not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.

  2. not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind: He heard an indistinct muttering.

  1. not distinguishing clearly: After the accident he suffered from indistinct vision and faulty hearing.

Origin of indistinct

From the Latin word indistinctus, dating back to 1520–30. See in-3, distinct

Other words for indistinct

Other words from indistinct

  • in·dis·tinct·ly, adverb
  • in·dis·tinct·ness, noun

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How to use indistinct in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for indistinct


/ (ˌɪndɪˈstɪŋkt) /

  1. incapable of being clearly distinguished, as by the eyes, ears, or mind; not distinct

Derived forms of indistinct

  • indistinctly, adverb
  • indistinctness, noun

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