in·​de·​ci·​pher·​able ˌin-di-ˈsī-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce indecipherable (audio)
: incapable of being deciphered
indecipherable writing
an indecipherable message
indecipherably adverb

Examples of indecipherable in a Sentence

His handwriting is almost indecipherable. after so many years the paper label in the drawer of the antique desk is indecipherable
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the Latin alphabet of romance languages, Greek letters are indecipherable for English speakers, making the language more difficult to learn than Romance languages such as Spanish, Italian, and French. Karen I. Chen, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2022 My son was using maple syrup to trace an indecipherable design on the kitchen table. Peter C. Baker, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 The cover art similarly features Twigs’ face breaking through a nearly indecipherable image, with the members of Two Shell on either side of her. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2024 Her criticisms of Trump were so muted as to be almost indecipherable. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2024 That skin usually involves some combination of advanced jargon that’s generally indecipherable, the wielding of sophisticated mathematical tools for describing nature, and, of course, the fancy technical gear for making measurements and observations. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 10 Jan. 2024 Under this cost-plus model, drugs will be transparently and straightforwardly priced based on the amount CVS paid for the drugs, plus a small markup–a sea change from the indecipherable, opaque, and convoluted system of rebates, markups, and bespoke discounts that define today’s PBM system. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2024 Just a lot of shouting and crying and indecipherable tongues. Bishop Sand, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 What results is a circular riff on classic sci-fi stories like The Terminator, but with almost every character speaking in indecipherable hisses. Huntley Woods and Christian Holub,, 17 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indecipherable was in 1802

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“Indecipherable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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