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

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

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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 Afterward, as in Vienna, property relations were forever altered, which had an impalpable but unmistakable effect on attitudes. New York Times, 29 June 2021 The full album as well features similar, almost impalpable, differences. Lauren Huff,, 13 Apr. 2021 In these distant and impalpable moments, I am touched. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2021 Appearing in all four games this season, Grossman has displayed an impalpable ability for generating first downs on crucial drives for UAB this season. Evan Dudley, al, 5 Oct. 2019 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, 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of impalpable

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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


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