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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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  • The words stuck in his throat; he could only give utterance to an inaudible murmur.

    Ahead of the Show Fred Thorpe
  • The other voice was lower in key and the words were inaudible.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The particulars of these conundrums were inaudible, from distance, but the scheme was clear.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The cabman got on to his box, muttering something that was inaudible.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • So far as he could gather from the tones, for the words were inaudible, they were spoken in English.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories Henry Seton Merriman
  • Normally they were so high up as to be both invisible and inaudible.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "No such thing," exclaimed Jock, with an inaudible growl between his teeth.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Hiram's answer was inaudible; his face was buried in his handkerchief.

  • I muttered something about never dancing, but I knew that that which I said was inaudible.

    The O'Conors of Castle Conor Anthony Trollope
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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