indubitable

adjective
in·​du·​bi·​ta·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdü-bə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indubitable (audio) , -ˈdyü- \

Definition of indubitable

: too evident to be doubted : unquestionable

Other Words from indubitable

indubitability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌdü-​bə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indubitable (audio) , -​ˌdyü-​ \ noun
indubitableness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈdü-​bə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indubitable (audio) , -​ˈdyü-​ \ noun
indubitably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈdü-​bə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce indubitable (audio) , -​ˈdyü-​ \ adverb

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There's no reason to question the fairly straightforward etymology of indubitable - a word that has remained true to its Latin roots. It arrived in Middle English in the 15th century from Latin indubitabilis, itself a combination of "in-" ("not") and "dubitabilis" ("open to doubt or question"). "Dubitabilis" is from the verb dubitare, meaning "to doubt," which also gave us our "doubt." The word dubitable also exists in English, and of course means "questionable or doubtable," but it is fairly rare.

Examples of indubitable in a Sentence

the indubitable fact that there are no more woolly mammoths or saber-toothed tigers around
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First Known Use of indubitable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indubitable

Middle English indubitabyll, from Latin indubitabilis, from in- + dubitabilis dubitable

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indubitable

adjective
in·​du·​bi·​ta·​ble | \ in-ˈdü-bə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indubitable (audio) , -ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of indubitable

: being beyond question or doubt

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indubitably \ -​blē \ adverb

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