impalpable

adjective
im·​pal·​pa·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpal-pə-bəl How to pronounce impalpable (audio) \

Definition of impalpable

1a : incapable of being felt by touch : intangible the impalpable aura of power that emanated from him— Osbert Sitwell
b : so finely divided that no grains or grit can be felt rock worn to an impalpable powder
2 : not readily discerned by the mind impalpable evils

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from impalpable

impalpability \ im-​ˌpal-​pə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impalpability (audio) \ noun
impalpably \ im-​ˈpal-​pə-​blē How to pronounce impalpably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for impalpable

Synonyms

intangible

Antonyms

palpable, tactile, tangible, touchable

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of impalpable in a Sentence

the rich colors used in the wall coverings and furniture give the room an impalpable warmth any difference between the two sound systems is impalpable to all but the most discerning audiophiles

Recent Examples on the Web

The confused and nebulous forces of right and wrong, which, for most of us, hung impalpable over the battlefields in the early days of Armageddon, have shaped themselves unmistakably now. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Terror and Twitter," 5 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'impalpable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of impalpable

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about impalpable

Statistics for impalpable

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for impalpable

The first known use of impalpable was in 1509

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for impalpable

impalpable

adjective
im·​pal·​pa·​ble | \ (ˈ)im-ˈpal-pə-bəl How to pronounce impalpable (audio) \

Medical Definition of impalpable

1 : incapable of being felt by touch the pulse was impalpable at the wrist preoperative localization of impalpable breast lesions— Jane Barrett
2 : so finely divided that no grains or grit can be felt an impalpable powder

More from Merriam-Webster on impalpable

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for impalpable

Spanish Central: Translation of impalpable

Comments on impalpable

What made you want to look up impalpable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

readily or continually undergoing change

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!