imperceptible

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French imperceptible, from Medieval Latin imperceptibilis

Adjective[edit]

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.
    • 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

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

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

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /impeɾθepˈtible/, [ĩm.peɾ.θepˈt̪i.β̞le]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /impeɾsepˈtible/, [ĩm.peɾ.sepˈt̪i.β̞le]

Adjective[edit]

imperceptible (plural imperceptibles)

  1. imperceptible