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or discernable

[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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  • Far away extends Cape Levi, and the Gatteville lighthouse is just discernible.

    Rambles in Normandy Francis Miltoun
  • The feeling of old age is discernible in this as well as in several other passages of the Laws.

    Laws Plato
  • A black object was discernible upon the ground before them, and they found it to be a hat—the hat of Bob Loveday.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • There was a little, just discernible waggle in her head as she stated things.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • The same yawn was discernible in the buildings, for not a roof was there but had a gaping hole in it.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
British Dictionary definitions for discernible


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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