in·​de·​fin·​able | \ˌin-di-ˈfī-nə-bəl \

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 \ noun
indefinable noun
indefinableness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfī-​nə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
indefinably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfī-​nə-​blē \ 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

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The communities that Tyler, now 76, profiles share an indefinable quality that might be described as their Bawlamer-ness; yet each also is strikingly individual and described in meticulous detail. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Anne Tyler's latest novel evokes Hamilton. Here are possible real-life stand-ins for locations in 'Clock Dance'," 13 July 2018 But sometimes a dish just has something indefinable, a quality that lights up the mouth with pure pleasure. Stephanie Schorow,, "Spice up your palate with Haitian delights," 8 June 2018 Pain is a complex, sometimes indefinable experience, one that can’t be easily evaluated on a typical postpartum exam, especially in a medical office that is expected to cycle patients through in 15 minutes. Laura Beil, Cosmopolitan, "Millions of Women Are Injured During Childbirth. Why Aren't Doctors Diagnosing Them?," 18 July 2016 What this leaves us with is an almost indefinable style, not really seen on the Continent. Vogue, "Cozy, Country Cottage Style—England’s Top Designers on How to Get the Look," 14 Sep. 2017 For Romero, the Night of the Living Dead zombies represented 1,001 indefinable anxieties tearing at the world. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "George A. Romero Made Movies About the Undead Full of Messages for the Living," 18 July 2017 Like Harper, Greene has the requisite combination of generational talent, preternatural charisma and indefinable star power to become an iconic player of his era. Dave Sheinin,, "Baseball Has Never Seen A Prospect Quite Like Reds Draftee Hunter Greene," 14 June 2017 The otherworldly elements that Lynch layered in—an indefinable air of mystery, a surreal quality that evoked swooning, bittersweet loss—were among the factors that made the original Twin Peaks a ratings and pop-culture sensation. The Editors, The Atlantic, "Twin Peaks and True Crime: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing," 13 May 2017

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First Known Use of indefinable

1810, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of indefinable

: impossible to describe or explain

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