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
    • 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.
    We all missed the imperceptible shake of his head as he tried to warn us without being seen.
    Synonyms: imperceivable, undistinguishable, unperceivable
    Antonyms: detectable, perceptible

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

imperceptible (masculine and feminine plural imperceptibles)

  1. imperceptible

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, equivalent to im- +‎ perceptible.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /impeɾθebˈtible/, [ĩmpeɾθeβˈt̪iβle]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /impersebˈtible/, [ĩmperseβˈt̪iβle]

Adjective[edit]

imperceptible (plural imperceptibles)

  1. imperceptible