in·​de·​ci·​pher·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈsī-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce indecipherable (audio) \

Definition of indecipherable

: incapable of being deciphered indecipherable writing an indecipherable message

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indecipherably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈsī-​f(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce indecipherably (audio) \ adverb

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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 But eventually, a nearly-indecipherable shift begins to take place. Christian Holub,, "How new novel The Ministry for the Future lays a blueprint for fighting climate change," 14 Oct. 2020 Less expected was a whole host of messages full of indecipherable hexes, pictures of demons, and cursed images of all kinds. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Twitter Is Trolling Trump With Spooky Hexes," 7 Oct. 2020 Otherwise, his statement seemed indecipherable, except perhaps to the most committed Fox News viewers. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "Biden is the pro-democracy candidate," 30 Sep. 2020 The notes can be as indecipherable and compelling as the songs themselves. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Harry Smith’s Musical Catalogue of Human Experience," 28 Sep. 2020 Calasso also writes by hand, in a near-indecipherable calligraphy. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "The Writer–Translator Equation," 21 Sep. 2020 The proof is computerized and verified by another computer, indecipherable by humans. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Couldn't Solve This Math Problem for 90 Years. Computers Did It in 30 Minutes.," 31 Aug. 2020 But while interest in cybersecurity has grown, the subject is still largely indecipherable to those without specialist skills, despite its impact on everyone’s lives. James Rundle, WSJ, "Five Cybersecurity Books That Everyone Should—and Can—Read," 19 June 2020 When two or more devices communicate over the internet, end-to-end encryption allows data to move back and forth between them in a form that is indecipherable to anyone other than the participants. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Zoom Reverses Course and Promises End-to-End Encryption for All Users," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of indecipherable

1802, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2020

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“Indecipherable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indecipherable

: impossible to read or understand : not decipherable

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