un·​de·​ci·​pher·​able | \ ˌən-dē-ˈsī-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce undecipherable (audio) \

Definition of undecipherable

: unable to be deciphered : not decipherable : indecipherable undecipherable handwriting

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undecipherably \ ˌən-​dē-​ˈsī-​f(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce undecipherably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for undecipherable


illegible, indecipherable, unreadable


clean, decipherable, fair, legible, readable

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After in-painting the cracks, the resulting would-be text looked as undecipherable to us as before. Quanta Magazine, "Using Mathematics to Repair a Masterpiece," 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, "Former Winnetkan uses summer camps to open world of fashion, sewing to young students," 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, "What Facebook Did to American Democracy," 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, "For the Love of Charlie Gard," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of undecipherable

1758, in the meaning defined above

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