in·ex·cus·able | \ˌi-nik-ˈskyü-zə-bəl \

Definition of inexcusable 

: impossible to excuse or justify inexcusable rudeness

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Other Words from inexcusable

inexcusableness noun
inexcusably \ˌi-nik-ˈskyü-zə-blē \ adverb

Examples of inexcusable in a Sentence

spitting at a teacher is inexcusable behavior and will be severely punished

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Giving up a homer to a pitcher in most situations is usually considered inexcusable. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Reds 2: Keon Broxton sparks offense with huge night," 29 June 2018 Though the inexcusable behavior of the housing authority predated his mayoralty, Mr. de Blasio, who ran as a progressive promising to combat the evils of inequality, did not stop it. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "New York City’s Worst Landlord? It Might Be the City," 13 June 2018 Republican voters overlooking inexcusable behavior in their leaders is very much a thing these days. Yvonne Abraham,, "Governor Charlie Baker, please don’t ignore the bigot running against you," 9 May 2018 And if Lamb wins, the finger-pointing and excuse-making among Republicans for an inexcusable loss in MAGA-land will intensify. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "A Special Showdown in Trump Country," 11 Mar. 2018 Hateful conduct is inexcusable and will not be tolerated at Towson University., "Towson University statement on possible hate crime," 1 May 2018 This type of behavior is inexcusable and must never be permitted in our schools. Kathleen Megan,, "Former Odyssey Principal Surrenders Educator Certificate Following State Investigation," 10 July 2018 Both calls were ridiculous, inexcusable, and this sort of thing just can’t happen. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Warriors’ bench, and the whiff of nostalgia," 18 May 2018 What’s happening is inexcusable and the families that are affected are watching. NBC News, "Louisiana warns 37,000 Medicaid recipients they may face loss of care over budget cuts," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of inexcusable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inexcusable

Middle English, from Latin inexcusabilis, from in- + excusabilis excusable

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English Language Learners Definition of inexcusable

: too bad or wrong to be excused or ignored


in·ex·cus·able | \ˌi-nik-ˈskyü-zə-bəl \

Kids Definition of inexcusable

: not to be excused Waste is inexcusable.

Other Words from inexcusable

inexcusably \-blē \ adverb

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