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[dih-sur-nuh-buh l, -zur-] /dɪˈsɜr nə bəl, -ˈzɜr-/
capable of being discerned; distinguishable.
Origin of discernible
1555-65; < Latin discernibilis (see discern, -ible); replacing earlier discernable < Middle French, equivalent to discern(er) to discern + -able -able
Related forms
discernibleness, discernableness, noun
discernibly, discernably, adverb
undiscernable, adjective
undiscernably, adverb
undiscernible, adjective
undiscernibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discernable
  • It will be fascinating to see if there is any discernable effect, positive or negative, given present economic conditions.
  • Pull that magnet to a distance above the fabric so that a distortion is discernable.
  • Thoughtful and exquisite finishes are discernable throughout the home.
  • On issues where the harm is discernable and logical responses are readily available, public anger can drive change.
  • There is no discernable intended final product of evolution other than the continued survival of life.
  • Being that you're a foreigner, you should obey any and all discernable local traffic laws.
  • Guess what no discernable difference except in the tuition paid by my friend's dad.
  • But legal experts say that citizen participation has already had a discernable effect on the legal process.
  • They are only proxies, but they are discernable in mechanical ways.
  • The only purpose discernable to me is that the government is interested in promoting the fastest growth in cost to the buyer.
British Dictionary definitions for discernable


able to be discerned; perceptible
Derived Forms
discernibly, (rarely) discernably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for discernable



also discernable, 1560s, from French discernable, from discerner (see discern). Form with -a- was more common at first; spelling changed to -i- 17c. to conform to Latin discernibilis.

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