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

Examples of undecipherable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hinton then offered an extremely detailed scientific explanation of why that's the case -- an explanation that would be undecipherable to anyone but an AI creator like himself. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 4 May 2023 When the Giants finally chose Kadarius Toney, a wide receiver from the University of Florida, with the 20th pick in the N.F.L. draft, the team’s fans in Cleveland took a good 10 seconds to start a slow clap, mouthing undecipherable questions beneath their masks. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Other inventions included a mysterious writing system that remains undecipherable, and novel techniques in metallurgy. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 1 Dec. 2021 Or rebels will sport uniforms with red octagons and undecipherable ancient script. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020 Beyond a certain length (in decimal digits), the RSA code becomes impregnable and therefore any message based on it undecipherable (in a reasonably finite length of time) by an eavesdropper. Amir Aczel, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2013 In the video, Travolta uses a bit of a baby voice with the animal, but his words are essentially undecipherable as he gets slobbered on by the aforementioned Peanut. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 1 Oct. 2022 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

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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 15 Apr. 2024.

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