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 : lacking identifying or individualizing qualities seemingly indistinguishable alternatives
b : not clearly recognizable or understandable indistinguishable differences
c : indeterminate in shape or structure indistinguishable forms in the mist

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Other Words from indistinguishable

indistinguishability \ ˌin-​di-​ˌstiŋ-​gwi-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indistinguishable (audio) , -​ˌstiŋ-​wi-​ \ noun
indistinguishableness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ-​gwi-​shə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indistinguishable (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​wi-​ \ noun
indistinguishably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ-​gwi-​shə-​blē How to pronounce indistinguishable (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​wi-​ \ adverb

Examples of indistinguishable in a Sentence

indistinguishable differences that can be measured only electronically indistinguishable shapes in the fog
Recent Examples on the Web Genesis has eschewed the futuristic exterior and interior design touches seen on other electric luxury sedans such as the Audi e-tron GT and Mercedes EQS in favor of a look that's essentially indistinguishable from the conventional G80. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Genesis Shows New EV Variant of G80 Luxury Sedan," 19 Apr. 2021 Rich has an appreciation for dreamers, even for billionaires whose idealism may be indistinguishable from hubris. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 19 Apr. 2021 But not all women agree that transwomen's rights are indistinguishable from women's rights, including the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group (WSPWG) – a bipartisan group of former female elite athletes and sports policy advocates. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Women’s rights groups back transgender athletes competing in female sporting events," 2 Apr. 2021 But unlike most Bitcoin – which is fungible, meaning that one coin is essentially indistinguishable from another and equivalent in value – tokens on these blockchains are non-fungible. Abram Brown, Forbes, "What Is An NFT—And Should You Buy One?," 26 Feb. 2021 That aside, the design between the two versions is almost indistinguishable. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The Apple Watch SE is our best-valued smartwatch—and it's on sale," 16 Mar. 2021 Indeed, the loss of political freedom and autonomy suffered by Hong Kong over the past two years has made that city almost indistinguishable in many respects from other major Chinese commercial centers like Shanghai and Beijing. Edwin J. Feulner, WSJ, "Hong Kong Is No Longer What It Was," 3 Mar. 2021 Following a mystifying branding strategy last year's, Google is now adding even more confusion in the Pixel space by launching a new device which is almost indistinguishable from a trio which was already confusing. Ewan Spence, Forbes, "Android Circuit: Nokia’s Missing Flagship, Surprising OnePlus 9 Decision, Bill Gates’ Favorite Phone," 26 Feb. 2021 Visually, the 9 cm (3.5 inch) long, 1 cm (0.4 inch) thick pink slabs almost indistinguishable from spam, and when put in a hot pan sizzle satisfyingly, giving off an intensely meaty aroma. James Griffiths, CNN, "Derided in the West, spam is so beloved in Asia that one company has invented a meat-free version of it," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of indistinguishable

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indistinguishable was in 1606

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29 Apr 2021

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“Indistinguishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce indistinguishable (audio) \

Kids Definition of indistinguishable

: impossible to recognize as different

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