imponderable

adjective
im·pon·der·a·ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpän-d(ə-)rə-bəl \

Definition of imponderable 

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

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Other words from imponderable

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

Examples of imponderable in a Sentence

the imponderable vastness of space

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In looking at that prospect, the big and to a surprising extent imponderable element is which party or subset of a party will get the primary blame if the government does shuts down, which is never a popular proposition among Americans. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Blame-Game Lessons From the Last Government Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2018 Well-to-do people came to be reminded of the planet’s imponderable scale and wild dangers, and my job was to give them a taste of this wild extreme and then return them safely to ordinary life. Blair Braverman, Smithsonian, "The Everlasting, Awe-Inspiring Power of Alaska," 29 Mar. 2017 This imponderable threat, this threat, will be a fact of daily life in the coming years. Alissa J. Rubin, Aurelien Breeden And BenoÎt Morenne, New York Times, "Paris Shootout Leaves Police Officer and Gunman Dead," 20 Apr. 2017 Well-to-do people came to be reminded of the planet’s imponderable scale and wild dangers, and my job was to give them a taste of this wild extreme and then return them safely to ordinary life. Blair Braverman, Smithsonian, "The Everlasting, Awe-Inspiring Power of Alaska," 2 Mar. 2017

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of imponderable

: not able to be measured or judged exactly

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