1. perceptible by the senses or intellect (Freq. 3)

things happen in the earth and sky with no discernible cause


the newspaper reports no discernible progress in the negotiations


the skyline is easily discernible even at a distance of several miles

Syn: ↑discernable
Ant: ↑indiscernible
Derivationally related forms: ↑discernability (for: ↑discernable), ↑discern
2. capable of being perceived clearly (Freq. 1)

an essay with a meaning that was not always discernible

Similar to: ↑perceptible
Derivationally related forms: ↑discern
3. capable of being seen or noticed

a discernible change in attitude


a clearly evident erasure in the manuscript


an observable change in behavior

Syn: ↑evident, ↑observable
Similar to: ↑noticeable
Derivationally related forms: ↑observe (for: ↑observable), ↑evidence (for: ↑evident), ↑discern

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