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 But Paul said the other (indiscernible) is obviously out, but Moorman’s ready to go. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said before facing Oregon in Rose Bowl," 27 Dec. 2019 Similarly, Fender’s electronic amplifier division is putting out guitar amps that, using custom software and a ton of onboard processing power, sound indiscernible from its amps that use vacuum tubes. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Fender is reinventing itself for the future of music while holding onto its past," 13 Dec. 2019 Prosecutors say Levy concealed his errors by altering patient records and evaded detection by swallowing a dangerous substance that gave him a quick and powerful high, but that was indiscernible on common drug and alcohol tests. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 The reef, though relatively level, was pockmarked and hard as stone while the cloudy lagoon’s depth would be indiscernible from the air. Rachel Hartigan Shea, National Geographic, "Amelia Earhart search crew shares personal theories on her disappearance," 23 Aug. 2019 The heart rate numbers were nearly identical, and calorie burn calculations were off by an indiscernible amount. Natt Garun, The Verge, "The $40 Mi Band 4 is a nice fitness tracker — if you’re already healthy," 23 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of indiscernible

1635, in the meaning defined above

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31 Dec 2019

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“Indiscernible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indiscernible

formal : impossible to see, hear, or know clearly

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