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  1. that can be seen; perceptible to the eye: mountains visible in the distance.
  2. apparent; manifest; obvious: a man with no visible means of support.
  3. being constantly or frequently in the public view; conspicuous: a visible political position.
  4. 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.
  5. Commerce.
    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.
  6. 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

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

Examples from the Web for visibly

Contemporary Examples of visibly

Historical Examples of visibly

  • He smiled' at Miss Gregg, who was elderly and gray, but visibly his creature.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • And, now that the worst minute of their meeting was over, he was visibly happier.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Visibly he lost importance as he yielded and dived into his pocket.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • "Let me have this letter," said the manager, visibly annoyed.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • But Felicite objected, visibly disquieted by this visit to Macquart.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for visibly


  1. capable of being perceived by the eye
  2. capable of being perceived by the mind; evidentno visible dangers
  3. availablethe visible resources
  4. (of an index or file) using a flexible display system for the contents
  5. of or relating to the balance of tradevisible transactions
  6. represented by visible symbols
  1. a visible item of trade; product
Derived Formsvisibleness, nounvisibly, adverb

Word Origin for visible

C14: from Latin vīsibilis, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for visibly



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.

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