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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Functionally, this means his religion is indistinguishable from the vision of solidarity undergirding his socialist politics. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Bernie Sanders Is the Candidate of Nonbelievers," 3 Mar. 2020 Society faces a risk even more toxic and deadly than Covid-19: that the conduct of science becomes indistinguishable from politics. Vinay Prasad, STAT, "Scientists who express different views on Covid-19 should be heard, not demonized," 27 Apr. 2020 His first dwarf cruiser fashioned from refrigerators may have been a bit primitive but subsequent creations are virtually indistinguishable from their normal-size counterparts. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Dwarf cars: Street-legal replicas of classic rides are made in AZ. Here's where to see them," 27 Mar. 2020 Our bedrooms and kitchens are indistinguishable from our offices. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "When time stops," 17 Apr. 2020 This means, for example, that the information for Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington is indistinguishable from Ascension St. Joseph hospital in Milwaukee. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some hospitals are hit hard by coronavirus patients, others are not. But officials won't share data, leaving residents in the dark.," 10 Apr. 2020 During the coldest months, days and nights in northern Norway are indistinguishable, as pitch black endures for months and average low temperatures (Fahrenheit) can be in the single digits. Paul Nicolaus, Popular Science, "What the happiest cold-weather countries on the planet know about winter," 31 Jan. 2020 Finally, when stressed or strained and then relaxed regularly for long periods, to probe their underlying mechanical properties, the results for real and false horn were indistinguishable. The Economist, "How to forge rhinoceros horn," 14 Nov. 2019 To add to the confusion, consumers can have trouble distinguishing legal dispensaries from unlicensed shops, which in Los Angeles sometimes operate in the same neighborhoods and appear indistinguishable. NBC News, "Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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24 May 2020

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“Indistinguishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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