indiscernible

adjective
in·​dis·​cern·​ible | \ˌin-di-ˈsər-nə-bəl, -ˈzər-\

Definition of indiscernible 

: incapable of being discerned : not recognizable as distinct

Examples of indiscernible in a Sentence

Hidden under vines and moss, the crumbling wall was almost indiscernible. a change made for indiscernible reasons Those who work today, building on these undeniable triumphs of the past, are trying now to catch and snare the indiscernible, ever outward-spreading ripples of idiom and neologism and slang and linguistic invention by which the English language expands and changes, … —“Epilogue: And Always …” P. 250, THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING, Simon Winchester, Oxford Univ. Press 423 W72M 2003
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That's an August 2006 photo of President George W. Bush eating ice cream of indiscernible flavor. Brenna Williams, CNN, "#TBT: US presidents have loved ice cream for more than 200 years," 7 June 2018 Nevertheless, here Mazara stood, nodding his head and mouthing some indiscernible words. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Charlie Morton's career night carries Astros past Rangers," 12 May 2018 In 2009, Barack Obama deliberately made the tax rebate in his stimulus package indiscernible to voters, by modestly reducing workers’ withholding payments instead of mailing out lump-sum checks. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Scott Walker Will Give 671,00 Wisconsin Families an Election-Year Check," 3 May 2018 Though some animals, like ants and crickets, can detect these patterns, polarization is practically indiscernible to the naked human eye. Steph Yin, New York Times, "The Crystals That May Have Helped Vikings Navigate Northern Seas," 6 Apr. 2018 Ignoring the absence of any mention of climate change, that stance is nearly indiscernible from that of some Democrats. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Roy Moore is seen as extreme by many Republicans. But not on climate change.," 12 Dec. 2017 That indiscernible length of armpit hair like stubble. Kate Branch, Vogue, "So, I Stopped Shaving My Underarms and Here Is What Happened," 4 Nov. 2017 Like this indiscernible pattern, red hair’s fiery reputation is difficult to analyze, one even Anne of Green Gables could not escape. Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Reveals Her Fiery Red Hair Transformation in Exclusive Polaroids," 18 Aug. 2017 Experience your acute awareness of nearly indiscernible animal calls, the pulsing rhythm of flapping wings. miamiherald, "South Florida attractions at night," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of indiscernible

1635, in the meaning defined above

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indiscernible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indiscernible

: impossible to see, hear, or know clearly

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