imperceptibility








adjective

  1. very slight, gradual, or subtle: the imperceptible slope of the road.
  2. not perceptible; not perceived by or affecting the senses.

noun

  1. something not capable of being perceived by the senses: metaphysical speculation about imperceptibles.

adjective

  1. too slight, subtle, gradual, etc, to be perceived
n.

1670s, from imperceptible + -ity.

adj.

early 15c., from French imperceptible (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin imperceptibilis, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + perceptibilis (see perceptible). Related: Imperceptibly. OED marks imperceivable as “Now rare.”

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