imperceptible

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Borrowed from Middle French imperceptible, from Medieval Latin imperceptibilis.

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imperceptible (comparative more imperceptible, superlative most imperceptible)

  1. not perceptible, not detectable, too small in magnitude to be observed
    We all missed the imperceptible shake of his head as he tried to warn us without being seen.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], OCLC 24531354, page 142:
      A narrow, almost imperceptible path led them through the thickest of the wood. Two or three times they had to creep under boughs which, but for the ease with which they gave way, would seem never to have admitted a passage before.
    • 1961 July, J. Geoffrey Todd, “Impressions of railroading in the United States: Part Two”, in Trains Illustrated, page 425:
      To my unpractised eye, the undulations in the track were quite imperceptible, but the engineer's hand on the throttle was never still.
    • 1986, Derek Parfit, Reasons and Persons, OUP Oxford (→ISBN), page 75:
      Very small benefits may be imperceptible. And it is plausible to claim that an 'imperceptible benefit' is not a benefit.
    Synonyms: imperceivable, undistinguishable, unperceivable
    Antonyms: detectable, perceptible
  2. beyond the purview of man; too great and all-encompassing to be perceived.
    Synonym: cosmic
    Antonym: imperceptible

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin imperceptibilis, equivalent to im- +‎ perceptible.

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imperceptible (masculine and feminine plural imperceptibles)

  1. imperceptible
    Antonym: perceptible

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Medieval Latin imperceptibilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.pɛʁ.sɛp.tibl/

Adjective[edit]

imperceptible (plural imperceptibles)

  1. imperceptible
    Synonym: insensible

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin imperceptibilis; synchronically analyzable as im- +‎ perceptible.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /impeɾθebˈtible/, [ĩm.peɾ.θeβ̞ˈt̪i.β̞le]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /impeɾsebˈtible/, [ĩm.peɾ.seβ̞ˈt̪i.β̞le]

Adjective[edit]

imperceptible (plural imperceptibles)

  1. imperceptible

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