indecipherable (adj.) 1802, from IN- (Cf. in-) (1) "not" + decipherable (see DECIPHER (Cf. decipher)). Related: Indecipherability.

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  • Indecipherable — In de*ci pher*a*ble, a. Not decipherable; incapable of being deciphered, explained, or solved. {In de*ci pher*a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indecipherable — see in and un …   Modern English usage

  • indecipherable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not able to be read or understood …   English terms dictionary

  • indecipherable — [in΄dē sī′fər ə bəl, in΄disī′fər ə bəl] adj. that cannot be deciphered; illegible indecipherability n …   English World dictionary

  • indecipherable — [[t]ɪ̱ndɪsa͟ɪfərəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED If writing or speech is indecipherable, you cannot understand what the words are. Maggie s writing was virtually indecipherable... He uttered little indecipherable sounds …   English dictionary

  • indecipherable — adjective Not decipherable; describing something that cannot be decoded, read, understood or comprehended. The doctors handwriting was indecipherable …   Wiktionary

  • indecipherable — in|de|ci|pher|a|ble [ˌındıˈsaıfərəbəl] adj impossible to read or understand ▪ an indecipherable signature …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • indecipherable — adjective impossible to read or understand: an indecipherable signature …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • indecipherable — adjective indecipherable handwriting Syn: illegible, unreadable, hard to read, unintelligible, unclear; scribbled, scrawled, hieroglyphic, cramped, crabbed …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • indecipherable — adjective Date: 1802 incapable of being deciphered …   New Collegiate Dictionary