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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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  • A pressure that would reduce air to one hundredth of its bulk would not discernibly affect water.

    Among the Forces Henry White Warren
  • Great lenses are so sensitive that one cannot go near them without throwing them discernibly out of shape.

    Among the Forces Henry White Warren
  • His own belief was scarcely to be called secret; it discernibly at any rate differed from mine.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • In his gait and form and face nothing was discernibly more appropriate to Post Office clerks than to the nobility at large.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for discernibly


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



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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