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  • adv. In an indistinct manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an indistinct manner; not clearly; confusedly; dimly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an indistinct manner; not clearly or definitely; obscurely; dimly: as, the border is indistinctly marked; the words were indistinctly pronounced.
  • Without distinction or preference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a dim indistinct manner


indistinct +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


  • The clerk who ushered her in pronounced her name indistinctly, and the elderly man who rose from his chair at her entrance looked at her inquiringly.

    A Millionaire of Yesterday

  • Wilton the silence continued for an exceedingly long time; but at length a voice was heard, apparently at some distance, pronouncing a name indistinctly; but Wilton imagined that it sounded like his own name.

    The King's Highway

  • When the president spoke, he touched on matters which are [word indistinctly] in the current revolutionary process.


  • Professor Featherwit caught one name indistinctly; that of the young Aztec in whose company Bruno had set forth on his ill-starred venture; and hoping to learn more of importance, he caused the aerostat to hover directly above that particular group of redskins.

    The Lost City

  • Professor Featherwit caught one name indistinctly; that of the young

    The Lost City

  • (Written somewhat indistinctly, meaning probably _incerta_.

    Shakspere and Montaigne

  • The other grunted indistinctly, and walked on in silence a few steps.


  • The boy in the dock mumbled something indistinctly.


  • I had set myself the task of finding the Trumble reference I remembered, indistinctly, from my studies at Cambridge with my modernism tutor.

    Letter from Hamish

  • They had shotguns leveled and someone was screaming, if indistinctly, from this far out.

    Dead Zero


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