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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What was once the pinnacle of New England prep (and later a flashy sequins-for-daytime vibe courtesy of former creative director Jenna Lyons) now looks relatively indistinguishable from other casual American brands such as the Gap. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "J.Crew launched its newest brand 16 days ago. Now it’s closing.," 30 Nov. 2018 Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel Katy Perry changes up her hair quite a bit, but when she's seen wearing a look similar to Zooey Deschanel's signature long, dark-brown hair with bangs, the two are practically indistinguishable. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "16 Pairs of Celebrities Who Look Like Identical Twins," 3 Aug. 2018 According to the National Confectioners’ Association, candy corn was invented in the 1880s, and Americans went crazy for it, with its indistinguishable sugar flavor and slightly stale, marshmallowy texture. Maura Judkis, The Seattle Times, "Candy corn controversy? ‘Most-hated’ Halloween treat expands flavors, options," 30 Oct. 2018 Gaga/Ally's triumphant yell/howl of indistinguishable spelling in the song is also fodder for a great many memes. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Is A Star Is Born the New Titanic? Discuss.," 9 Oct. 2018 However, thanks to innovative formulas from Pulp Riot, Arctic Fox, and Trillion Tones, green dye is more likely to fade to a lighter variation of the original shade than an indistinguishable, muddy hue. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How to Achieve the Bold Green Hair-Color Trend Like a Celebrity," 29 Aug. 2018 The plan was to create photovoltaic panels indistinguishable from regular roof tiles, and early renderings of the tiles were promising. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tesla’s solar roof production reportedly delayed by ‘aesthetic’ issues," 9 Aug. 2018 It was run by a team of indistinguishable brothers: Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Leave No Trace” and “Three Identical Strangers”," 21 June 2018 Usable 190- and 300-Class compact sedans cost well under $10,000 while being virtually indistinguishable from the 560SL behind the wheel. Casey Williams,, "Classic '80s Mercedes models appeal to new generations," 11 May 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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