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 indecipherable (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 Nintendo, meanwhile, operates on its own, indecipherable logic and doesn’t offer its consumers any choice in how to play old games besides either playing them on old devices or repurchasing them on the Nintendo Switch. Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2021 Some of the post captions are short and indecipherable to those who don’t watch the show in question, but if Netflix’s high engagement is any indication, inducing FOMO generates buzz. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 There was soda, tea, iced coffee, juice, water, milk, energy drinks and other indecipherable liquid refreshment all for the taking, provided one plunked a hundred or so yen into the vending machines that swarmed the place like cicadas. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2021 Brannen might have violated the letter of the NCAA’s (often indecipherable and always endless) law, but certainly not its spirit. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 18 May 2021 Eakins usually left his figures on their own, with an indecipherable dark background setting them off. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 12 June 2021 Without the benefit of distance and height, the giant was indecipherable, reduced to bare lines and patches of chalk. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12 May 2021 The single was so indecipherable that it was banned in Indiana and investigated by the FBI over its allegedly obscene lyrics. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 18 Apr. 2021 But as Texas froze and ERCOT called for rolling power outages, the agency’s main vehicle for providing the public with information was a series of Twitter posts sometimes indecipherable to most residents. San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of indecipherable

1802, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2021

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“Indecipherable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indecipherable

: impossible to read or understand : not decipherable

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