indivisible

adjective

in·​di·​vis·​i·​ble ˌin-də-ˈvi-zə-bəl How to pronounce indivisible (audio)
: not divisible
indivisibility noun
indivisible noun
indivisibly adverb

Examples of indivisible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of nature and everything in it, Cavendish held, was a completely indivisible mixture of two ingredients, animate and inanimate matter. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Canonically, electric current results from the collective movement of electrons, each carrying one indivisible chunk of electric charge. Quanta Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 Each side considered the contested enclave a piece of their ancient homeland, an indivisible good, and compromise proved impossible. Ronald Suny, The Conversation, 3 Oct. 2023 Only the first do the work of creating a more perfect union, a nation indivisible. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 Meitner realized that the nucleus was not indivisible after all. Ashraya Gupta, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2023 One is called loop quantum gravity, which posits that space is made up of tiny, indivisible pieces. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 19 Aug. 2023 These photons must obey the sometimes strange laws of quantum mechanics, which, for instance, dictate that photons are indivisible, but at the same time, allow a photon to be in two places at once. Andrew N. Cleland, The Conversation, 5 July 2023 Similar to the photons that make up beams of light, indivisible quantum particles called phonons make up a beam of sound. Andrew N. Cleland, The Conversation, 5 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Late Latin indivisibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin divisibilis divisible

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indivisible was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Indivisible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indivisible. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

indivisible

adjective
in·​di·​vis·​i·​ble ˌin-də-ˈviz-ə-bəl How to pronounce indivisible (audio)
: impossible to divide or separate
indivisibly adverb

Legal Definition

indivisible

adjective
in·​di·​vis·​i·​ble ˌin-də-ˈvi-zə-bəl How to pronounce indivisible (audio)
: consisting of one whole whose parts cannot be divided or treated individually
an indivisible obligation
indivisibility noun
indivisibly adverb
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