[ in-viz-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈvɪz ə bəl /



an invisible thing or being.
the invisible, the unseen or spiritual world.

Nearby words

  1. inviolable,
  2. inviolate,
  3. inviscation,
  4. inviscid,
  5. invisibility,
  6. invisible balance,
  7. invisible glass,
  8. invisible hand,
  9. invisible ink,
  10. invisible man

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for invisibly

British Dictionary definitions for invisibly


/ (ɪnˈvɪzəbəl) /


not visible; not able to be perceived by the eyeinvisible rays
concealed from sight; hidden
not easily seen or noticedinvisible mending
kept hidden from public view; secret; clandestine
economics of or relating to services rather than goods in relation to the invisible balanceinvisible earnings


economics an invisible item of trade; service
Derived Formsinvisibility or invisibleness, nouninvisibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for invisibly



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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