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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-sting-gwish]
    • /dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ/
    • /dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃəbl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-sting-gwish]
    • /dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ/

Definitions of distinguishable word

  • verb with object distinguishable to mark off as different (often followed by from or by): He was distinguished from the other boys by his height. 1
  • verb with object distinguishable to recognize as distinct or different; recognize the salient or individual features or characteristics of: It is hard to distinguish her from her twin sister. 1
  • verb with object distinguishable to perceive clearly by sight or other sense; discern; recognize: He could not distinguish many of the words. 1
  • verb with object distinguishable to set apart as different; be a distinctive characteristic of; characterize: It is his Italian accent that distinguishes him. 1
  • verb with object distinguishable to make prominent, conspicuous, or eminent: to distinguish oneself in battle. 1
  • verb with object distinguishable to divide into classes; classify: Let us distinguish the various types of metaphor. 1

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Origin of distinguishable

First appearance:

before 1555
One of the 31% oldest English words
1555-65; extension, by -ish2, of Middle English disting(u)en (< Anglo-French, Middle French distinguer) < Latin distinguere; see distinct

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Parts of speech for Distinguishable


distinguishable popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

distinguishable usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for distinguishable

adj distinguishable

  • observable — Able to be noticed or perceived; discernible.
  • dissimilar — not similar; unlike; different.
  • noticeable — attracting notice or attention; capable of being noticed: a noticeable lack of interest.
  • distinct — distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from): His private and public lives are distinct.
  • perceptible — capable of being perceived; recognizable; appreciable: a perceptible change in his behavior.

adjective distinguishable

  • divergent — diverging; differing; deviating.
  • discrete — apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
  • discernible — capable of being discerned; distinguishable.

Antonyms for distinguishable

adj distinguishable

  • imperceptible — very slight, gradual, or subtle: the imperceptible slope of the road.
  • similar — having a likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way: two similar houses.
  • ambiguous — If you describe something as ambiguous, you mean that it is unclear or confusing because it can be understood in more than one way.
  • vague — not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
  • obscure — (of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.

adjective distinguishable

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