im·​pon·​der·​a·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpän-d(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce imponderable (audio) \

Definition of imponderable

: not ponderable : incapable of being weighed or evaluated with exactness the imponderable beauties of Beethoven's … sonatas— Cecelia Porter

Other Words from imponderable

imponderability \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpän-​d(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce imponderable (audio) \ noun
imponderable noun
imponderably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpän-​d(ə-​)rə-​blē How to pronounce imponderable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of imponderable in a Sentence

the imponderable vastness of space
Recent Examples on the Web Gas rationing is part of Berlin’s emergency plan, but prioritizing among competing users is proving to be an imponderable. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 June 2022 Yet the largest, and most delicate, imponderable is how Mr. Putin will respond to the allies’ determination to help the Ukrainians prevail. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 The political environment is also an imponderable factor. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 The key imponderable in the sanctioning of Russia may be how long the coordinated financial attack can hold. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 Unlike so many imponderable questions that surround death, these may indeed have answers. Marc Fisher, Lori Rozsa, Kayla Ruble, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Nov. 2021 How much the regime change is changing life in remote, culturally conservative communities is equally imponderable. Nic Robertson, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 There is no plausible sense in which anyone, let alone this Court, could objectively assign weight to such imponderable values and no meaningful way to compare them if there were. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 17 May 2021 That’s an imponderable number, since there are forces pulling in both directions. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 5 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of imponderable

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imponderable

Medieval Latin imponderabilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin ponderabilis ponderable

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“Imponderable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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