in·​ex·​cus·​able | \ ˌi-nik-ˈskyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce inexcusable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inexcusably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of inexcusable in a Sentence

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

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After a four-minute delay — simply inexcusable — even the sharpest observers couldn’t spot the violation that disallowed the goal. Bruce Jenkins,, "World Cup’s VAR replay system tarnishes a great event," 25 June 2019 Blatantly rude and disrespectful behavior, like mocking deaths or climbing on the property of a historical site, is inexcusable. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "There’s Nothing Wrong With Posing for Photos at Chernobyl," 12 June 2019 Songs are butchered, with an inexcusable amount of bum notes and out-of-step harmonies. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ’Mamma Mia’ a crowded, loud party at CT Rep," 10 June 2019 His ambivalent comments related to Senate Bill 276 essentially indicating his opposition to the bill are ignorant and inexcusable. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Gov. Newsom should leave public health — and vaccinations — to experts," 9 June 2019 The effort 20 years ago to somehow explain the inexcusable was doomed from the start. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Historic wrongs on a pedestal: Ugly past doesn’t vanish when the artwork does," 27 Feb. 2018 His inclusion beside her on the Time list is inexcusable. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Time 100 List Includes Both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh—and People Have Thoughts," 17 Apr. 2019 How an undefeated team has no chance at competing for a national championship is both inexplicable and inexcusable. Mike Bianchi,, "Sadly, UCF national championship rings are again irking college football elitists," 23 Apr. 2018 And the interception near the end of the first half was inexcusable. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Stock Watch: Bob Condotta grades the Seahawks in their 21-7 win over the Vikings," 10 Dec. 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 How to pronounce inexcusable (audio) \

Kids Definition of inexcusable

: not to be excused Waste is inexcusable.

Other Words from inexcusable

inexcusably \ -​blē \ adverb

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