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

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
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First Known Use of indefinable

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Indefinable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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