in·​ex·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-bəl How to pronounce inexplicable (audio) , (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)spli- How to pronounce inexplicable (audio) \

Definition of inexplicable

: incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for an inexplicable disappearance

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Other Words from inexplicable

inexplicability \ ˌi-​nik-​ˌspli-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inexplicability (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ noun
inexplicableness \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspli-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inexplicableness (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˈnek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ noun
inexplicably \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inexplicably (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˈnek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ adverb

Examples of inexplicable in a Sentence

He had a series of seemingly inexplicable accidents. an inexplicable desire for ice cream at two in the morning

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Claims like Kirbyson's — that breast implants have triggered inexplicable chronic illness — are growing, and new reports show a direct line from implants to a rare lymphoma. Michelle Stacey, Allure, "Why Everyone Is Talking About Breast Implant Safety Right Now," 29 July 2019 And just for grins, tell him Danny Green still had a little more inexplicable Finals magic in him. Mike Finger,, "With Leonard, some questions still unanswered," 6 June 2019 There’s some kind of monster, too: a ghostly woman named Yuko (Kiki Sukezane) with inexplicable powers for reasons untantalizingly mysterious. Darren Franich,, "AMC's horror series The Terror: Infamy reminds us of the horrors of interment camps," 19 July 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signaled that Democrats will not take investigative action against Acosta, a baffling and inexplicable decision. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: New disclosures about lewd Trump video reveal his mastery of GOP," 11 July 2019 Lombardo’s attempt to explain the inexplicable is skin-deep, and even his character knows it. Patti Hartigan,, "In ‘Tea at Five,’ Faye Dunaway delivers the full flavor of Kate Hepburn," 30 June 2019 And now, Billie is helping to tear down yet another inexplicable taboo with imagery showing more body hair — this time, pubic and underarm hair — that's been left untouched. Marci Robin, Allure, "Billie’s New Ad Campaign Celebrates Personal Choice by Showing Unshaven Bikini Lines and Underarms [Update]," 27 June 2019 And then there’s the inexplicable decision to close the Jefferson County Youth Detention Services and turn the job of housing our children who get into trouble to the state. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Metro Council so worried about murder, it votes to mow grass and sweep streets," 27 June 2019 Baseball seasons are filled with inexplicable outcomes, with numbers that load up heavy in one category for months before swinging back in the other direction, often for no discernible reason. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "'I can't explain it': Diamondbacks' offensive issues at home resurface in loss to Rockies," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of inexplicable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inexplicable

Middle English, from Latin inexplicabilis, from in- + explicabilis explicable

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English Language Learners Definition of inexplicable

: not able to be explained or understood


in·​ex·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-bəl How to pronounce inexplicable (audio) , i-ˈnek-spli-\

Kids Definition of inexplicable

: impossible to explain or account for an inexplicable mystery

Other Words from inexplicable

inexplicably \ -​blē \ adverb

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