in·​de·​fin·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈfī-nə-bəl How to pronounce indefinable (audio) \

Definition of indefinable

: incapable of being precisely described or analyzed indefinable feelings an indefinable concept

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Other Words from indefinable

indefinability \ ˌin-​di-​ˌfī-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indefinable (audio) \ noun
indefinable noun
indefinableness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfī-​nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indefinable (audio) \ noun
indefinably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfī-​nə-​blē How to pronounce indefinable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of indefinable in a Sentence

He has an indefinable quality that draws people to him. some indefinable quality makes that movie star very appealing
Recent Examples on the Web Immensely more than an intangible, indefinable force. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Dear basketball, this is our love letter to you ... always and forever, Indiana," 10 Mar. 2021 The Big Lebowski—or a low-budget film with some indefinable vitality—like John Waters’ Pink Flamingos or David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Will the Pandemic Spawn a New Genre of Cult Classics? Barb and Star Suggests Yes," 6 Mar. 2021 Two-hundred-and-fifty years later, Bellini depicted him in a state of ecstatic transport, his arms open to receive an indefinable radiance that all but overwhelms him. Washington Post, "The drama is in the details," 13 Jan. 2021 The Barclay Brass filled the church with its own indefinable power that night, more austere than Rush but no less eccentric or exploratory. Washington Post, "With the Barclay Brass, D.C. takes an outsized role in the small world of classical brass music," 4 Jan. 2021 His paintings are filled with people laboring away at confounding tasks, wearing outfits that vaguely suggest uniforms, in the midst of composite, indefinable cityscapes. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Designer Philippe Starck Finds Inspiration in the Uncanny Paintings of Neo Rauch," 27 Nov. 2020 Try to grasp the mystery of the furry mythical creature in Firelei Báez’s ultra-realist rendering, and try to define the indefinable angst in Heidi Hahn’s ghostly expressionist painting. Doug Maccash,, "Gorgeous new NOMA show includes translucent silk clouds raining 4,000 glinting needles," 13 Oct. 2020 Managing director is one of those almost indefinable positions that should be nearly invisible to patrons, said Ward. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "Playhouse in the Park’s managing director stepping down in midst of $49.5M project," 25 Sep. 2020 By Noah Feldman During the early days of the Arab Spring in 2011, there was an indefinable moment when the street protests became something larger than a mass of people chanting slogans and holding up signs. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, "Tragedy in the Middle East," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of indefinable

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Indefinable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indefinable

: impossible to describe or explain

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