in·​au·​di·​ble | \(ˌ)i-ˈnȯ-də-bəl \

Definition of inaudible 

: not audible inaudible comments

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Other Words from inaudible

inaudibility \ (ˌ)i-​ˌnȯ-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
inaudibly \ (ˌ)i-​ˈnȯ-​də-​blē \ 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 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 His statement was inaudible to board members seated nearby, but it was picked up by a tabletop microphone and in a video replay. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "New York City Tenants Raise Their Voices as Board Weighs Rent Hike," 24 June 2018 Slightly more Machiavellian is the use of ultrasonic sound, inaudible to older passengers, to disperse crowds of potentially disruptive teenagers. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "These Subtle Psychological Hacks Keep Japan's Trains Running Smoothly," 27 May 2018 Additionally, an [inaudible 00:15:22] observation is that the number one multi-player video game in China is team based, which is a new thing for the Chinese market over the last five years. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker at Code 2018," 31 May 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 \

Kids Definition of inaudible

: impossible to hear an inaudible whisper

Other Words from inaudible

inaudibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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playful or foolish behavior

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