in·​con·​sol·​able ˌin-kən-ˈsō-lə-bəl How to pronounce inconsolable (audio)
: incapable of being consoled : disconsolate
inconsolableness noun
inconsolably adverb

Examples of inconsolable in a Sentence

She was inconsolable when she learned that he had died. he was inconsolable after the death of his wife
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Word History


Latin inconsolabilis, from in- + consolabilis consolable

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inconsolable was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Inconsolable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​con·​sol·​able ˌin-kən-ˈsō-lə-bəl How to pronounce inconsolable (audio)
: incapable of being comforted : disconsolate
inconsolably adverb

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