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

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imperceptibly \ ˌim-​pər-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce imperceptibly (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

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Folks who microdose take such a small amount of these drugs that their hallucinogenic effects are virtually imperceptible. Allure, "Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression," 19 Apr. 2019 As most budget disputes go, differences over hundreds of millions of dollars are usually imperceptible and easily solved. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "As clock ticks, new hurdle emerges in border security talks," 10 Feb. 2019 His innovations were often hidden within the dress, in sly cut and imperceptible, airtight construction. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘James Galanos: Design Integrity’ Review: The West Coast King of Fashion," 10 Nov. 2018 In Georgia, where Mrs. Clinton’s imprimatur could harm Ms. Abrams in a general election, the endorsement will be delivered only through phone messages to Democratic voters — making the appeal imperceptible to everyone else. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Hillary and Bill Clinton Go Separate Ways for 2018 Midterm Elections," 21 May 2018 The performance difference is neigh imperceptible, with the V8 car running 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, only tenth of a second slower than the V12 Ferrari. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferrari "Family Car" Still Spits Fire," 24 Aug. 2018 In a blog post on Sunday night, the Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations appeared to push back at the doubters, clarifying that the event was imperceptible to the general population. New York Times, "Did Mexico’s Revelry in World Cup Win Over Germany Cause an Earthquake?," 17 June 2018 The resistance to movements like #MeToo tends to come not in grand claps, but in soft hums, low and slow and nearly imperceptible until, the whole thing accumulates into a din that becomes deafening. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When the White House Is a Safe Space," 6 July 2018 Scambos’s team looked through several years of satellite data to find times and places when the temperature dipped even lower, which usually occurred in almost imperceptible dips and hollows in the ice. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Just Measured the Coldest Place on Earth," 30 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of imperceptible

: impossible to see or notice


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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