in·​de·​fin·​able ˌin-di-ˈfī-nə-bəl How to pronounce indefinable (audio)
: incapable of being precisely described or analyzed
indefinable feelings
an indefinable concept
indefinability noun
indefinable noun
indefinableness noun
indefinably 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 People hold fierce loyalties to their Arthur Avenue stores of choice, mostly based on nostalgia, and the indefinable value of a personal relationship with one’s foodmonger. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2023 Even in a case, like this one, where excess is the point, comedy still depends on an indefinable subtlety. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 25 Aug. 2023 Her small, local, middle-class white communities are rife with suspicion, infidelity, unease, and a sort of indefinable evil that permeates almost everybody and everything. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2022 The question then remains: How did fine become indefinable? Joseph Lezza, Longreads, 30 Mar. 2023 Seated in a shabby-chic hotel lounge on a blazing September day in New York City, Alex Turner looks like the timeless picture of a louche, untouchable rock star: modish swoop of chestnut hair, fine gold chain glimmering on his neck, indefinable swagger. Leah Greenblatt,, 19 Oct. 2022 Why an indefinable bird? Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2022 Each image simultaneously evokes feelings of sweeping grandeur and indefinable yearning. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2023 The Coens are true American classics, indefinable and incomparable. Tim Moffatt,, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indefinable was in 1810

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“Indefinable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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in·​de·​fin·​able ˌin-di-ˈfī-nə-bəl How to pronounce indefinable (audio)
: incapable of being exactly described or analyzed
indefinably adverb

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