imperceptible

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adjective im·per·cep·ti·ble \ˌim-pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl\

Definition of imperceptible

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

imperceptibly

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Examples of imperceptible in a sentence

  1. These changes will be imperceptible to most people.

  2. <a slight difference in hue between the two glasses that's imperceptible unless they're placed side by side>

Origin and Etymology of imperceptible

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


First Known Use: 15th century


IMPERCEPTIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

imperceptible

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adjective im·per·cep·ti·ble \ˌim-pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl\

Definition of imperceptible for English Language Learners

  • : impossible to see or notice


IMPERCEPTIBLE Defined for Kids

imperceptible

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adjective im·per·cep·ti·ble \ˌim-pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl\

Definition of imperceptible for Students

  1. :  not noticeable by the senses or by the mind :  very small or gradual <imperceptible changes>

imperceptibly

\-blē\ adverb


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