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[in-aw-duh-buh l] /ɪnˈɔ də bəl/
not audible; incapable of being heard.
Origin of inaudible
1595-1605; in-3 + audible
Related forms
inaudibility, inaudibleness, noun
inaudibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inaudible
  • People may one day be able to hear what are now inaudible sounds, scientists say.
  • They have whistles inaudible to humans that attach to your bumper to scare deer out of your way.
  • In it's evanescent state it is inaudible, invisible, although it has a clear impact on the localized state.
  • He dropped it, there was an invisible, inaudible explosion of neutrons but everybody knew.
  • There was a stir of almost inaudible applause, such as is sometimes heard in church.
  • Modern utility sized turbines are almost inaudible unless you are right by them.
  • The pulsing pressure causes the brake to vibrate at a higher, inaudible frequency.
  • He finds the second note inaudible on the modern piano because he does not want to hear it.
  • Some of what she said was inaudible in the ballroom.
British Dictionary definitions for inaudible


not loud enough to be heard; not audible
Derived Forms
inaudibility, inaudibleness, noun
inaudibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inaudible

mid-15c., "unfit to be heard;" c.1600, "unable to be heard," from Latin inaudibilis "inaudible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + audibilis (see audible). Related: Inaudibly; inaudibility.

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