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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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 Just a solitary ticking, inaudible during the daily commotion at the Capitol. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "An empty US Capitol after McCain’s death is sobering reminder that the clock is ticking," 28 Aug. 2018 Some conversation, mostly inaudible due to the map, about a gasometer. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Transcription’ Review: Heard During Wartime," 20 Sep. 2018 The tunes are broadcast as background music, or are sometimes completely inaudible. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "The Drain in Spain: Why Late-Night Spanish TV Is Costing Global Music Publishers Tens of Millions A Year," 28 June 2018 Two of Estrada's relatives faced Villarreal before he was led away in handcuffs and recited an emotional victim impact statement that was mostly inaudible from the courtroom gallery. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio man sentenced in 2015 stabbing death of boyfriend," 25 June 2018 Okay, disagree, but Ann Coulter, (inaudible) getting your perspective. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: You Republicans have screwed up royally," 24 Mar. 2018 Audience member: [inaudible] Sheryl Sandberg: Thank you. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer at Code 2018," 30 May 2018 Kovach asks if the driver has any weapons or drugs, but the answer is inaudible. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "'You're going to jail': Cop pulled over daughter's boyfriend and ignored road rage call, police say," 22 June 2018

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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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