in·​dis·​cern·​ible | \ ˌin-di-ˈsər-nə-bəl How to pronounce indiscernible (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the lyrics being nearly indiscernible, there’s a melancholy tone that breaks through the filters with force. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Dance Songs of 2020: Critic's Picks," 17 Dec. 2020 An early montage, teeming with the sounds of an ordinary morning — a coffee pot percolating, a smoothie being blended — is cruelly followed by a not-much-later sequence in which those noises are now indiscernible. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Peak Riz Ahmed in ‘Sound of Metal,’ a moving drama about deafness and addiction," 19 Nov. 2020 Gayarré’s La Terre Haute — and swales indiscernible in even the most detailed elevation data of the area today. Richard Campanella,, "A 'lake' in Broadmoor? A natural paradise once graced Uptown's last tract to be developed," 30 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, he's stood far enough away from the camera that those new tattoos are mostly indiscernible, except for a branch that extends all the way from his left hip and upward toward his armpit. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Chris Evans Has Been Secretly Covered in Tattoos This Whole Time," 7 Oct. 2020 More than 60% of his body was covered in burns, his features indiscernible because of his injuries. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Siege at Station 62," 18 Sep. 2020 The assault was almost indiscernible, like ice hardening over a culvert. Kerri Arsenault, The New York Review of Books, "My Eighty-Six Jobs," 1 Sep. 2020 Zoom interviews that answers from Seguin, Klingberg, Joe Pavelski and interim coach Rick Bowness were indiscernible as video and audio skipped and lagged. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Welcome to the NHL bubble, where the Dallas Stars have fun and (video) games," 28 July 2020 In the 21st century, the city Assembly website is the first place people go to for any information, yet the text is small and the links are a labyrinth of indiscernible algorithms. Anchorage Daily News, "14 questions: Anchorage Assembly candidate MoHagani Magnetek," 28 Mar. 2020

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Indiscernible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indiscernible

formal : impossible to see, hear, or know clearly

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