Discernible vs Detectable - What's the difference?

discernible | detectable |

As adjectives the difference between discernible and detectable

is that discernible is possible to discern; detectable or derivable by use of the senses or the intellect while detectable is detectable.




(en adjective)
  • Possible to discern; detectable or derivable by use of the senses or the intellect.
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  • * 1821 , John Duncan], [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=En58zhD3SWUC Duncan's Travels
  • To have demolished and rebuilt the walls, would have been a very costly expedient, and as the least of two evils, the painter's brush was resorted to; here and there however, above some of the windows, the black wreathings of the smoke are still discernible through the white covering.
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  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • Derived terms

    * discernibleness * discernibly * indiscernible




    (en adjective)
  • That which can be detected, noticeable.
  • There was a detectable pause before he continued. We all noticed it but no one commented.


    * measurable


    * undetectable