inexhaustible

adjective

in·​ex·​haust·​ible ˌi-nig-ˈzȯ-stə-bəl How to pronounce inexhaustible (audio)
: not exhaustible: such as
a
: incapable of being used up
inexhaustible riches
b
: incapable of being wearied or worn out
an inexhaustible hiker
inexhaustibility noun
inexhaustibleness noun
inexhaustibly adverb

Example Sentences

The world's supply of oil is not inexhaustible. He seems to have inexhaustible energy.
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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inexhaustible was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Inexhaustible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inexhaustible. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

inexhaustible

adjective

in·​ex·​haust·​ible ˌin-ig-ˈzȯ-stə-bəl How to pronounce inexhaustible (audio)
1
: impossible to use up
an inexhaustible supply
2
: impossible to tire out
an inexhaustible worker
inexhaustibility noun
inexhaustibly adverb

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