indistinguishable

adjective
in·​dis·​tin·​guish·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ-gwi-shə-bəl How to pronounce indistinguishable (audio) , -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 How to pronounce indistinguishability (audio) , -​ˌstiŋ-​wi-​ \ noun
indistinguishableness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ-​gwi-​shə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indistinguishableness (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​wi-​ \ noun
indistinguishably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ-​gwi-​shə-​blē How to pronounce indistinguishably (audio) , -​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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Symptoms in older people, however, may be indistinguishable from Alzheimer’s disease. Washington Post, "Brain disease CTE found in 2 Australian rugby league players," 27 June 2019 These are often right next to each other, indistinguishable from the outside. Noelle Mateer, Curbed, "Confronting change in Beijing’s historic hutong alleyways," 27 June 2019 Images of fairground lights and muddy rainwater rushing down gutters, for instance, are indistinguishable from footage shot with a camera. N.b., The Economist, "“Toy Story 4” is another enjoyable, nostalgic adventure," 21 June 2019 Beyond Meat is striving to create products that are indistinguishable from beef, pork and poultry for consumers who like meat but want to eat more healthfully and reduce their impacts on the planet. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Beyond Meat will start making 'ground beef'," 17 June 2019 The two worlds were indistinguishable from one another. refinery29.com, "The Raptors Shaped My Identity — Now They're Re-Shaping All Of Canada's," 13 June 2019 And, in this study, their mortality rate was indistinguishable from two undamaged copies of the gene. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Target of first human gene editing cuts life expectancy short," 5 June 2019 The effects of gravity are indistinguishable from the effects of acceleration, over a small space. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How to Understand Einstein's Theory of Gravity," 24 May 2019 In many of these universes there exist replicas of you and me, all but indistinguishable yet leading other lives. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Many-Worlds Interpretation Has Many Problems," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of indistinguishable

1606, in the meaning defined above

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indistinguishable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indistinguishable

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

indistinguishable

adjective
in·​dis·​tin·​guish·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ-gwi-shə-bəl How to pronounce indistinguishable (audio) \

Kids Definition of indistinguishable

: impossible to recognize as different

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