in·​au·​di·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈnȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce inaudible (audio) \

Definition of inaudible

: not audible inaudible comments

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Other Words from inaudible

inaudibility \ (ˌ)i-​ˌnȯ-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inaudibility (audio) \ noun
inaudibly \ (ˌ)i-​ˈnȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce inaudibly (audio) \ adverb

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With its negative prefix in-, inaudible means the opposite of audible. What's clearly audible to you may be inaudible to your elderly grandfather. Modern spy technology can turn inaudible conversations into audible ones with the use of high-powered directional microphones, so if you think you're being spied on, make sure there's a lot of other noise around you. And if you don't want everyone around you to know you're bored, keep your sighs inaudible.

Examples of inaudible in a Sentence

She spoke so quietly that she was almost inaudible. The sound is inaudible to humans but can be heard by dogs.

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The meat scurries to the edge of the plate and then falls to the floor with an inaudible plop. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Relax: That viral video of 'zombie chicken' crawling off a plate isn't chicken (probably)," 26 July 2019 The scene, captured on a live video feed on the congresswoman's Facebook page, shows a few seconds of inaudible speaking before Escobar again takes the microphone. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Rep. Veronica Escobar town hall interrupted by news of El Paso, Texas, Walmart shooting," 3 Aug. 2019 The fan then shouted something inaudible back at Stewart, which appeared to prompt Stewart to chase after him and throw the punch. Dave Quinn,, "NASCAR Champ Tony Stewart Caught on Video Appearing to Throw Punch at Heckling Fan," 30 July 2019 Months before that meeting, Manafort had caused internal data to be shared with Kilimnik, and the sharing continued for a (inaudible) period of time after their August meeting. NBC News, "10 key sections of Mueller's report that came up during the hearings," 25 July 2019 In the hearing room, Mueller's muffled voice made his minimal responses nearly inaudible, a sharp contrast to the lawmakers' whose voices often boomed with indignation. Anchorage Daily News, "Soft-spoken Mueller warns of ongoing election interference, and criticizes Trump," 25 July 2019 Muller, who at times spoke so softly as to be inaudible, deferred to his report or declined to answer questions a hundred and twenty-three times during his three hours of testimony, according to NBC. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "The Unsurprising Recalcitrance of Robert Mueller During His Testimony," 24 July 2019 And then another chickpea flatbread, with some arugula and red pepper (inaudible) on top of that. Michael Phillips,, "Marc Maron interview: On Lou Malnati’s, ‘Sword of Trust’ and ‘the trickiest part of acting’," 17 July 2019 For the first half of the meeting Lopez was able only to blubber inaudible words and squeal from excitement. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out the moment Brett Favre meets one of his biggest fans during the AmFam golf outing in Madison," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of inaudible

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inaudible

Late Latin inaudibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin audibilis audible

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English Language Learners Definition of inaudible

: impossible to hear : not audible


in·​au·​di·​ble | \ i-ˈnȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce inaudible (audio) \

Kids Definition of inaudible

: impossible to hear an inaudible whisper

Other Words from inaudible

inaudibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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concealment of treason or felony

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