in·​ex·​cus·​able ˌi-nik-ˈskyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce inexcusable (audio)
: impossible to excuse or justify
inexcusable rudeness
inexcusableness noun
inexcusably adverb

Examples of inexcusable in a Sentence

spitting at a teacher is inexcusable behavior and will be severely punished
Recent Examples on the Web While the new exhibition remedies the errors, omissions and egregious erasure of the earlier one, not mentioning this ugly precedent is another kind of erasure, and inexcusable. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 Clearly, this is someone who cannot function in society and now a member of our community has suffered an inexcusable, horrific trauma at his hands. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 12 Mar. 2024 That’s inexcusable for the impartial analysis, which should, with clarity, help voters understand the measure. East Bay Times Editorial, The Mercury News, 1 Mar. 2024 The Eagles had the dubious distinction of topping last week’s 35-31 home loss to Arizona as the most inexcusable defeat in Sirianni’s tenure. Dan Gelston, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024 Yes, Calipari had a few inexcusable March flops and should have more than one national title. USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024 To drink too much would be inexcusable; to drink too little would be unsociable. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 Stanford Record: 3-9/2-7 Grade: C- Comment: Yes, the Cardinal should have won four games — the Week 3 loss to Sacramento State was inexcusable — but the specifics matter little. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 But the Dolphins’ 3-4 record in December and January is still inexcusable. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inexcusable was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inexcusable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​ex·​cus·​able ˌin-ik-ˈskyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce inexcusable (audio)
: too bad to be excused : not justifiable
inexcusable rudeness
inexcusably adverb

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