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  1. not visible; not perceptible by the eye: invisible fluid.
  2. withdrawn from or out of sight; hidden: an invisible seam.
  3. not perceptible or discernible by the mind: invisible differences.
  4. not ordinarily found in financial statements or reflected in statistics or a listing: Goodwill is an invisible asset to a business.
  5. concealed from public knowledge.
  1. an invisible thing or being.
  2. the invisible, the unseen or spiritual world.

Origin of invisible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word invīsibilis. See in-3, visible
Related formsin·vis·i·bil·i·ty, in·vis·i·ble·ness, nounin·vis·i·bly, adverbqua·si-in·vis·i·ble, adjectivequa·si-in·vis·i·bly, adverb

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Related Words for invisibility

invisibility, anonymousness

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British Dictionary definitions for invisibility


  1. not visible; not able to be perceived by the eyeinvisible rays
  2. concealed from sight; hidden
  3. not easily seen or noticedinvisible mending
  4. kept hidden from public view; secret; clandestine
  5. economics of or relating to services rather than goods in relation to the invisible balanceinvisible earnings
  1. economics an invisible item of trade; service
Derived Formsinvisibility or invisibleness, nouninvisibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for invisibility

1560s, from Late Latin invisibilitas, from invisibilis (see invisible).



mid-14c., from Old French invisible (13c.), from Latin invisibilis "unseen, invisible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + visibilis (see visible). As a noun, "things invisible," from 1640s. Invisible Man is from H.G. Wells's novel (1897). Related: Invisibly.

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