in·dis·tin·guish·able | \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ-gwi-shə-bəl, -ˈstiŋ-wi-\

Definition of indistinguishable 

: not distinguishable: such as

a : indeterminate in shape or structure indistinguishable forms in the mist

b : not clearly recognizable or understandable indistinguishable differences

c : lacking identifying or individualizing qualities seemingly indistinguishable alternatives

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Other Words from indistinguishable

indistinguishability \ˌin-di-ˌstiŋ-gwi-shə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌstiŋ-wi- \ noun
indistinguishableness \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ-gwi-shə-bəl-nəs, -ˈstiŋ-wi- \ noun
indistinguishably \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ-gwi-shə-blē, -ˈstiŋ-wi- \ adverb

Examples of indistinguishable in a Sentence

indistinguishable differences that can be measured only electronically indistinguishable shapes in the fog

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Getting treated by non-network providers is pretty much indistinguishable from being uninsured. WSJ, "Should States Allow Insurers to Offer Bare-Bones Health Plans With Fewer Mandated Benefits?," 24 June 2018 Here, too, is where Flanagan’s thinly veiled autobiography ends, for instead of growing into a Booker Prize-winning novelist, Kif finds success creating reality TV shows, where fiction and reality are indistinguishable. Olen Steinhauer, New York Times, "A Novel Based on the True Story of a Con Man and His Ghostwriter," 1 June 2018 As the natural and machine-made fogs became indistinguishable from each other, Grizzly Bear spread their gospel, a nascent wave of classic rock, complete with impassioned singing and loud guitars. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 1: Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, Jethro Tull and more," 27 June 2018 Human law becomes indistinguishable from God’s presumed will. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 Served in a coupé, the drink is indistinguishable from the rest of the round being served at a table. Joy Manning,, "Where to drink in Philadelphia during Dry July," 12 July 2018 And its timelessness is borne out by shows that take place in the 1880s, the present day, and some point in the distant future where android cowboys are indistinguishable from true grit. Scott Tobias,, "How TV has brought the western into the 21st century," 5 July 2018 In truth, the peregrines — two males and a female — were at first nearly indistinguishable from a marshmallow, a cotton ball and whatever a fluffy might be. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, "For baby raptors, cuddly names may not fly — UC seeks suggestions," 24 May 2018 These days, defining the summer anthem seems indistinguishable from chart dominance. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Childish Gambino and the Search for the Summer Anthem," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of indistinguishable

1606, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of indistinguishable

: unable to be recognized as different : impossible to distinguish clearly from something else


in·dis·tin·guish·able | \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ-gwi-shə-bəl \

Kids Definition of indistinguishable

: impossible to recognize as different

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