indefinable

adjective
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 indefinability (audio) \ noun
indefinable noun
indefinableness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfī-​nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indefinableness (audio) \ noun
indefinably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfī-​nə-​blē How to pronounce indefinably (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 Wash it down with the indefinable cherry spice of a frosty Dr Pepper shake ($3.49). Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Whataburger," 25 Oct. 2019 Between the dream and reality stands a world of challenges, from marketing and distribution of Murphy’s record to hitting that sweet, indefinable spot in pop-culture where art and socially conscious activism meet. John Wenzel, The Know, "Black Sands imagines a heroic black history, with the help of Colorado musicians," 27 Sep. 2019 Juventus' key talking point is rather murky and indefinable. SI.com, "Atletico Madrid 2-2 Juventus: Report, Ratings & Reaction as European Giants Share the Spoils," 18 Sep. 2019 But despite Janet's indefinable nature, or perhaps because of it, Carden has been a breakout among a strong ensemble, and the NBC comedy's third season gave the Bay Area native even more opportunity to show her range. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Good Place' Star D'Arcy Carden on the "Crazy Amount of Pressure" for Her Most Challenging Episode," 7 June 2019 Based on a podcast of the same name, the series employs a shifting visual style and jarring overhead shots, all of which amplify the indefinable sense of menace in this impeccably modern facility filled with vast empty spaces. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "The Best TV of 2018: Departures and Arrivals," 17 Dec. 2018 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, baltimoresun.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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First Known Use of indefinable

1810, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Indefinable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indefinable. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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indefinable

adjective
How to pronounce indefinable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of indefinable

: impossible to describe or explain

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