undecipherable

adjective

un·​de·​ci·​pher·​able ˌən-dē-ˈsī-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce undecipherable (audio)
: unable to be deciphered : not decipherable : indecipherable
undecipherable handwriting
undecipherably adverb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Four Tet is back under his undecipherable wingding alias with another surprise release. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 1 Nov. 2019 The military, ferrying troops to battle sites across the Pacific, was urgently seeking an undecipherable code to transmit classified information. Betty Reid, azcentral, 29 Aug. 2019 Some parts of central Athens are so afflicted with graffiti — largely undecipherable squiggles in bold, broad strokes — that few facades remain untouched and property owners give up on repainting. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2019 After in-painting the cracks, the resulting would-be text looked as undecipherable to us as before. Quanta Magazine, 29 Sep. 2016 For anyone who has retreated in frustration from their sewing machine, defeated by bobbins, uncontrollable thread tension and undecipherable dress patterns, stitchery as creative fun might be a foreign concept. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, 24 May 2018 And so, during the most significant shift in the technology of politics since the television, the first draft of history is filled with undecipherable whorls and empty pages. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, 12 Oct. 2017 But Charlie Gard shows that the barbarian no longer comes wielding a club and grunting in some undecipherable tongue. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 17 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undecipherable was in 1758

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“Undecipherable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undecipherable. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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