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[in-di-stingkt] /ˌɪn dɪˈstɪŋkt/
not distinct; not clearly marked or defined:
indistinct markings.
not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind:
He heard an indistinct muttering.
not distinguishing clearly:
After the accident he suffered from indistinct vision and faulty hearing.
Origin of indistinct
1520-30; < Latin indistinctus. See in-3, distinct
Related forms
indistinctly, adverb
indistinctness, noun
2. blurred, clouded, dim. Unabridged
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  • Everyone would sound as distinctly indistinct as a television newscaster.
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  • With composite video, all the little lines blur together into one indistinct blob.
  • Whitish or yellowish narrow broken eye ring, indistinct dusky eye line.
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  • Gray face with reddish crown, distinct white eye ring, and indistinct reddish eye line.
  • The herons were taking their stations for the night, indistinct on the mud flats.
  • One of them has that hot gas, but the other is more indistinct and the detection of gas isn't as strong.
  • There is still plenty of chatter but it is safe, indistinct noise that remains in the background.
British Dictionary definitions for indistinct


incapable of being clearly distinguished, as by the eyes, ears, or mind; not distinct
Derived Forms
indistinctly, adverb
indistinctness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indistinct

c.1400 (implied in indistinctly "equally, alike"), from Latin indistinctus "not distinct, confused," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + distinctus (see distinct). Related: Indistinctly; indistinctness.

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