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[in-viz-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈvɪz ə bəl/
not visible; not perceptible by the eye:
invisible fluid.
withdrawn from or out of sight; hidden:
an invisible seam.
not perceptible or discernible by the mind:
invisible differences.
not ordinarily found in financial statements or reflected in statistics or a listing:
Goodwill is an invisible asset to a business.
concealed from public knowledge.
an invisible thing or being.
the invisible, the unseen or spiritual world.
1300-50; Middle English < Latin invīsibilis. See in-3, visible
Related forms
invisibility, invisibleness, noun
invisibly, adverb
quasi-invisible, adjective
quasi-invisibly, adverb
2. veiled, obscure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for invisible
  • More jarring still are the invisible inequalities, the ones hidden in statistics.
  • To a hidden invisible goal the freightage of numberless lives.
  • Once you do get tenure, and you're eminent and older, you'll stop being invisible.
  • It is moral hazard operating through the invisible hand.
  • Each blast normally sends out beams of invisible gamma rays and x-rays followed by an hours-long afterglow of visible light.
  • Louis is not waiting for an invisible hand to move it up the rankings.
  • Inflation and government borrowing are invisible taxes.
  • X-rays are a high-energy form of light that is invisible to the human eye.
  • Because this wavelength of light doesn't travel far underwater, a dark red squid is effectively invisible.
  • If you get out of line, you may get blasted with an invisible heat ray.
British Dictionary definitions for invisible


not visible; not able to be perceived by the eye: invisible rays
concealed from sight; hidden
not easily seen or noticed: invisible mending
kept hidden from public view; secret; clandestine
(economics) of or relating to services rather than goods in relation to the invisible balance: invisible earnings
(economics) an invisible item of trade; service
Derived Forms
invisibility, invisibleness, noun
invisibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for invisible

mid-14c., from Old French invisible (13c.), from Latin invisibilis "unseen, invisible," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + visibilis (see visible). As a noun, "things invisible," from 1640s. Invisible Man is from H.G. Wells's novel (1897). Related: Invisibly.

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Encyclopedia Article for invisible

invisible trade

in economics, the exchange of physically intangible items between countries. Invisible trade can be distinguished from visible trade, which involves the export, import, and reexport of physically tangible goods. Basic categories of invisible trade include services (receipts and payments arising from activities such as customer service or shipping); income from foreign investment in the form of interest, profits, and dividends; private or government transfers of monies from one country to another; and intellectual property and patents. (See also intellectual-property law.

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