imperceptible


imperceptible
imperceptible, insensible, impalpable, intangible, inappreciable, imponderable all mean incapable of being apprehended by the senses or intellect (as in form, nature, extent, or degree) even though known to be real or existent. Except for this denial of apprehensibility, these terms carry the same implications and connotations as the affirmative adjectives discriminated at PERCEPTIBLE
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the imperceptible movement- of the hour hand

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he grew into the scheme of things by insensible gradations— H. G. Wells

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the almost impalpable beauties of style and expression— Prescott

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we shall consider that more subtle and intan-gible thing, the soul which he sought to build up in his people— Buchan

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that inappreciable particle of an element called an atom

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the imponderable factors, such as temperament and mental stability, which make or mar a promising career

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  • imperceptible — [ ɛ̃pɛrsɛptibl ] adj. • 1377; lat. médiév. imperceptibilis 1 ♦ Qu il est impossible de percevoir par les seuls organes des sens. Imperceptible à l œil nu. ⇒ invisible. Son imperceptible. ⇒ inaudible. « le pouls était imperceptible » (Baudelaire) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • imperceptible — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que no se puede percibir con los sentidos o la atención, o que es difícil de apreciar o distinguir: Me hizo una señal imperceptible con los ojos, nadie se dio cuenta. Ese imperceptible guiño, ¿será un tic… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Imperceptible — Im per*cep ti*ble, a. [Pref. im not + perceptible: cf. F. imperceptible.] Not perceptible; not to be apprehended or cognized by the senses; not discernible by the mind; not easily apprehended. [1913 Webster] Almost imperceptible to the touch.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperceptible — Imperceptible. adj. de tout genre. Qui ne peut estre apperceu. Cela est imperceptible. Il s estend aussi aux autres sens, & aux choses de l esprit. L odeur de cette fleur est imperceptible. dans cette piece d éloquence l art est presque… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • imperceptible — (adj.) early 15c., from Fr. imperceptible (early 15c.), from M.L. imperceptibilis, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + perceptibilis, from L. percept , pp. stem of percipere (see PERCEIVE (Cf. perceive)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • imperceptible — I adjective blurred, concealed, dim, enshrouded, faint, hazy, hidden, ill defined, impalpable, inappreciable, inaudible, indiscernible, indistinct, inscrutable, intangible, invisible, minuscule, minute, nebulous, obscure, scant, screened, shadowy …   Law dictionary

  • imperceptible — [adj] hard to sense; faint ephemeral, evanescent, fine, gradual, impalpable, imponderable, inappreciable, inaudible, inconsiderable, inconspicuous, indiscernible, indistinct, indistinguishable, infinitesimal, insensible, insignificant, invisible …   New thesaurus

  • imperceptible — Imperceptible, Quod percipi non potest, Imperceptum …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • imperceptible — adj. Que no se puede percibir …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • imperceptible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ so slight, gradual, or subtle as not to be perceived. DERIVATIVES imperceptibly adverb …   English terms dictionary