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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To be clear, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are a particularly inexcusable, skin-crawling, face-punching kind of awful that demands valuing your personal safety and sanity above all else. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: How Can I Find Safe and Inclusive Gyms?," 23 Oct. 2018 But rather than tip the scales towards equity, the gender swap lays bare the fact that such deceptive and manipulative behavior from anyone is inexcusable. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "I Really Tried to Like “Sierra Burgess,” But Catfishing Isn’t Romantic — It’s Harmful," 10 Sep. 2018 Undermining bipartisan support for effective partnerships that serve people in need is inexcusable. Melissa Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "President Trump just unveiled a new White House ‘faith’ office. It actually weakens religious freedom.," 19 May 2018 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

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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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