im·​per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ ˌim-pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce imperceptible (audio) \

Definition of imperceptible

: not perceptible by a sense or by the mind : extremely slight, gradual, or subtle imperceptible differences

Other Words from imperceptible

imperceptibly \ ˌim-​pər-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce imperceptible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of imperceptible in a Sentence

These changes will be imperceptible to most people. a slight difference in hue between the two glasses that's imperceptible unless they're placed side by side
Recent Examples on the Web Theorists in the 1960s posited that particle mass arose from an imperceptible field permeating all of space: the more a particle interacts with this field, the greater its mass. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 This tiny, shimmering liquid jewel is delicately nestled at the base of a leaf after a tropical storm, almost imperceptible to the human eye. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 14 Apr. 2022 There is something of Ozu’s restraint in the way this movie dramatizes a sad moment of change, a transformation that impacts a family not through noisy eruptions of melodrama but through small, almost imperceptible ripples of emotional disturbance. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 In some places, though, the barriers were almost imperceptible. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 At first all that holds these disparate threads together is the sense that something is off, an almost imperceptible tear in the fabric of time. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 The iPhone 13 brought a few almost imperceptible changes. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Mar. 2022 Even so, there are imperceptible gravitational waves generated before the collision that are hitting us right now. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2022 People with imperceptible symptoms who test positive would know to wear masks and isolate from others. Christine Crudo Blackburn, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of imperceptible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imperceptible

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin imperceptibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin perceptibilis perceptible

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“Imperceptible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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im·​per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ ˌim-pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce imperceptible (audio) \

Kids Definition of imperceptible

: not noticeable by the senses or by the mind : very small or gradual imperceptible changes

Other Words from imperceptible

imperceptibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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