[ in-di-stingkt ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈstɪŋkt /


not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.
not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind: He heard an indistinct muttering.
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

Related forms

in·dis·tinct·ly, adverbin·dis·tinct·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indistinctly


/ (ˌɪndɪˈstɪŋkt) /


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

Derived Forms

indistinctly, adverbindistinctness, noun
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