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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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  • The other person who followed close behind him was, I guessed from his uniform, which I could but indistinctly see, Antonio.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • "Not all skill—not all skill," piped the metallic voice, indistinctly.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • As I jumped to my feet, I indistinctly saw what appeared to me to be a body of men coming towards us.

    Sawdust & Spangles W. C. Coup
  • "You know everything," she answered, indistinctly, through her fingers.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • Its blade gleamed faintly now and then in the star-light, so indistinctly that at first it seemed like a trailing white ribbon.

  • “You should have the Croix de Guerre,” he said indistinctly.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Smoke was all about me, and I could only see the faces of convicts and warders looming at me through the haze, indistinctly.

    Dead Man's Love Tom Gallon
  • I saw these, but indistinctly, not half comprehending the wonderful picture.

  • These are either over the whole fruit, or only indistinctly on the side exposed to the sun.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • indistinctly, vaguely, he recalled things that had happened.

    The Mask Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for indistinctly


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 indistinctly



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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