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ἄδηλ-ος, ον, unseen, invisible, of a fish, ποιεῖν ἑαυτὸν ἄ. Arist.HA620b31; ἄ. χιτών, of the hyaloid membrane of the eye, [Gal.]14.712; unknown, obscure, Hes.Op.6; τὸν ἄ. ἄνδρα ..ἰχνεύειν S.OT475; ἐὰν δὲ ..ἄ. ὁ κτείνας ᾖ Pl Lg.874a; of troops, ἄ. τοῖς πολεμίοις X.Cyr.6.3.13; εἰς τὸ ἄ. ἀποκρύπτειν Id.Eq.Mag.5.7.

II. mostly of things, ἄ. θάνατοι death by an unknown hand, S.OT496; ἄ. ἔχθρα secret enmity, Th. 8.108; ῥεῖ πᾶν ἄδηλον melts all to nothing, S.Tr.698; inscrutable, E.Or.1318.

b. neut., ἄδηλόν [ἐστι] εἰ ..it is uncertain whether .., Pl.Phdr.232e, al.; ἄ. μή ..Id.Phd.91d: abs., ἄ. ὄν Th.1.2; ἐν ἀδήλῳ εἶναι Antipho 5.6; ἐν ἀδηλοτέρῳ εἶναι X.HG7.5.8; ἐξ ἀδήλου ἔρχεται [σελήνη] S.Fr.871.5; also ἄ. agreeing with the subject (like δίκαιός εἰμι), παῖδες ἄ. ὁποτέρων, = ἄδηλον ὁποτέρων παῖδές εἰσιν, Lys. 1.33; ἀδήλοις ..πῶς ἀποβήσεται, = ἃ ἄ. ἐστι πῶς ἀ., Arist.EN1112b9, cf. X.Mem.1.1.6.

2. not evident to sense, ὄψις τῶν ἀ. τὰ φαινόμενα Anaxag.21a, cf. Epicur.Ep.1p.6U.; opp. φανερόν, Phld.Sign.6, al.; opp. ἐναργές, ib.14, cf. Diog.Oen.8.

3. unintelligible, φωνή 1 Ep.Cor.14.8.

4. unproved, Stoic.2.89.

III. Adv. -λως secretly, Th.1.92, etc.: Sup. -ότατα Id.7.50.