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

Definition of inaudible

: not audible inaudible comments

Other Words from inaudible

inaudibility \ (ˌ)i-​ˌnȯ-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inaudible (audio) \ noun
inaudibly \ (ˌ)i-​ˈnȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce inaudible (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The production's cameras also frequently dropped into frame and obscured the actors, while mic issues left some inaudible. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 Coach Harsin does a great job, and everybody’s done a good job of just stepping up (inaudible). Tom Green |, al, 27 Dec. 2021 The breakup was nearly inaudible over the waves of the ocean, but Brandon wished her the best through his tears and left alone. Haley Kluge, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 Most of the comments Biden and Emhoff made to the health care team were inaudible to reporters. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2021 The transcript says the rest of the sentence is inaudible. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Dec. 2021 Morley, in a role that dominates the music and action, has a voice that is poised and precise — and so slender as to be almost inaudible for much of the opera. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 Helterbrand, who also appeared in court via teleconference, shook his head and made inaudible remarks, pointing his finger at the camera before Niedrach restored order. Chris Joyner, ajc, 17 Nov. 2021 Right before Nate turns to the camera for that final shot, Rupert (played by Anthony Head) whispers something inaudible in his ear. Ashley Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021

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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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“Inaudible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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