imponderable

adjective
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

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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 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 Kezhaya said any group that addresses fundamental and imponderable matters, or is centered around a specific figure that takes the place of God in their life, should be considered a religion. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, 23 Jan. 2020 And the project had all sorts of virtues, many of them, as Cohen shows, killed off, in the familiar pattern, by rising costs and imponderable problems. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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The first known use of imponderable was in 1794

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22 May 2021

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“Imponderable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imponderable. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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imponderable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of imponderable

formal : not able to be measured or judged exactly

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