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[in-di-sahy-fer-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈsaɪ fər ə bəl/
not decipherable; illegible.
not understandable; incomprehensible.
Origin of indecipherable
1795-1805; in-3 + decipherable
Related forms
indecipherability, indecipherableness, noun
indecipherably, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for indecipherable


/ˌɪndɪˈsaɪfərəbəl; -frəbəl/
not decipherable; illegible
Derived Forms
indecipherability, indecipherableness, noun
indecipherably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indecipherable

1802, from in- (1) "not" + decipherable (see decipher). Related: Indecipherability.

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