that can be seen; perceptible to the eye: mountains visible in the distance.
apparent; manifest; obvious: a man with no visible means of support.
being constantly or frequently in the public view; conspicuous: a visible political position.
noting or pertaining to a system of keeping records or information on cards or sheets in such a way that the desired reference can be brought instantly to view: a visible index.
  1. available or accessible; already existing, as goods in a warehouse or in transit as opposed to goods in production: visible supply.
  2. involving actual goods that have been recorded or accounted for: visible trade.
prepared or converted for visual presentation; represented visually.

Origin of visible

1300–50; Middle English < Latin vīsibilis, equivalent to vīs(us) (see vision) + -ibilis -ible
Related formsvis·i·ble·ness, nounvis·i·bly, adverbnon·vis·i·ble, adjectivenon·vis·i·bly, adverbpre·vis·i·ble, adjectivepre·vis·i·bly, adverbun·vis·i·ble, adjectiveun·vis·i·ble·ness, nounun·vis·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedvisible visual

Synonyms for visible

1, 2. discernible. 2. evident. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for previsible



capable of being perceived by the eye
capable of being perceived by the mind; evidentno visible dangers
availablethe visible resources
(of an index or file) using a flexible display system for the contents
of or relating to the balance of tradevisible transactions
represented by visible symbols


a visible item of trade; product
Derived Formsvisibleness, nounvisibly, adverb

Word Origin for visible

C14: from Latin vīsibilis, from vidēre to see
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for previsible



mid-14c., from Old French visible (12c.), from Latin visibilis "that may be seen," from visus, past participle of videre "to see" (see vision). An Old English word for this was eagsyne.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper