in·​au·​di·​ble (ˌ)i-ˈnȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce inaudible (audio)
: not audible
inaudible comments
inaudibility noun
inaudibly 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 His missive drew backlash from Democrats in the chamber, including some who yelled out inaudible comments. USA TODAY, 25 May 2023 In the 25-second clip, Bundy shakes his head and says something inaudible to a deputy while people shout and jeer the arresting officers. Gabe Barnard and Kevin Fixler, oregonlive, 12 Aug. 2023 Imperceptible changes to images can, for instance, cause image classifiers to misidentify an object, or make speech recognition systems respond to inaudible messages. WIRED, 1 Aug. 2023 The comment sections on each clip are packed with reports of the same or similar problems, including reels that cut out and sound lowered to inaudible volume. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2023 Known as infrasound, the phenomenon is inaudible to the human ear. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 May 2023 At the 65th annual Grammy Awards in February, Ben and Jennifer Affleck appeared to be in the middle of a tense but inaudible conversation at their table. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 14 June 2023 The cameras huddled around Ramaswamy, whose voice was inaudible to much of the crowd. Jesús Rodríguez, Washington Post, 13 June 2023 The person’s exact words are inaudible in the video, but a portion of the comment is documented in the White House’s official transcript of the speech. Molly Stellino, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inaudible was in 1601

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“Inaudible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​au·​di·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈȯd-ə-bəl How to pronounce inaudible (audio)
: impossible to hear : not audible
inaudibility noun
inaudibly adverb

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