discernible

adjective
dis·​cern·​ible | \ di-ˈsər-nə-bəl How to pronounce discernible (audio) , -ˈzər- \
variants: or less commonly discernable

Definition of discernible

: able to be perceived by a sense (such as sight or smell) or by the mind : capable of being discerned a discernible difference It is thought that the genes that normally produce a white underbelly in the gray squirrel are active in a wider area of their bodies, often leaving discernible gray patches on the spine and head.— C. Claiborne Ray Downpours are a near-daily occurrence throughout the year, and there are few discernible changes of season. Sunlight, warmth, and moisture are constants.— Scott Wallace Judging by the food one samples around the U.S., there is little difference in the performance of male and female chefs discernable to the eye or palate.— Mimi Sheraton

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discernibly \ di-​ˈsər-​nə-​blē How to pronounce discernible (audio) , -​ˈzər-​ \ or less commonly discernably adverb
a discernibly better product two materials that are not discernibly different When a recipe says to brown the meat, it is calling for a deep brown sear and a discernibly thick crust on all sides … Cook's Illustrated

First Known Use of discernible

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for discernible

discernible borrowed from Late Latin discernibilis, from Latin discernere "to separate, divide off, distinguish, discern" + -ibilis -ible; discernable from discern + -able, after Late Latin discernibilis

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“Discernible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discernible. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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