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[viz-uh-buh l] /ˈvɪz ə bəl/
that can be seen; perceptible to the eye:
mountains visible in the distance.
apparent; manifest; obvious:
a man with no visible means of support.
being constantly or frequently in the public view; conspicuous:
a visible political position.
noting or pertaining to a system of keeping records or information on cards or sheets in such a way that the desired reference can be brought instantly to view:
a visible index.
  1. available or accessible; already existing, as goods in a warehouse or in transit as opposed to goods in production:
    visible supply.
  2. involving actual goods that have been recorded or accounted for:
    visible trade.
prepared or converted for visual presentation; represented visually.
Origin of visible
1300-50; Middle English < Latin vīsibilis, equivalent to vīs(us) (see vision) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
visibleness, noun
visibly, adverb
nonvisible, adjective
nonvisibly, adverb
previsible, adjective
previsibly, adverb
unvisible, adjective
unvisibleness, noun
unvisibly, adverb
Can be confused
visible, visual.
1, 2. discernible. 2. evident. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for visibly
  • The waitress found the description so unpalatable that she visibly shuddered, but said that she supposed they could do that.
  • As it develops, the larva wriggles visibly and painfully under the skin.
  • The material will visibly break down within weeks and will turn to rich dark worm castings within a few months.
  • Hundreds of archaic coal mines have visibly nibbled the mountain.
  • He quietly asks how bad it is and is visibly relieved to hear it's only a banged-up shoulder.
  • Incandescent filaments glow visibly because they are hot.
  • As the subject repeated doing something, so the neural pathway thickened visibly.
  • And there was significantly less wrinkling in the northern group, and it was visibly less, than in the southern group.
  • The problem with visibly musing, however, is that it isn't nearly as productive as sustained periods of solitude.
  • The poor students-mostly freshmen-were visibly bewildered.
British Dictionary definitions for visibly


capable of being perceived by the eye
capable of being perceived by the mind; evident: no visible dangers
available: the visible resources
(of an index or file) using a flexible display system for the contents
of or relating to the balance of trade: visible transactions
represented by visible symbols
a visible item of trade; product
Derived Forms
visibleness, noun
visibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin vīsibilis, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for visibly



mid-14c., from Old French visible (12c.), from Latin visibilis "that may be seen," from visus, past participle of videre "to see" (see vision). An Old English word for this was eagsyne.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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