inexplicable

adjective
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 inexplicable (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ noun
inexplicableness \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspli-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inexplicable (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˈnek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ noun
inexplicably \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inexplicable (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
Recent Examples on the Web This was, after all, a division that raised soul-crushing football and inexplicable coaching to rare art—ask a Cowboys fan—and should have been collectively banished from the postseason. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Here’s Your NFL Playoffs, Which Have Mostly Everything, Including, Yes, the Cleveland Browns," 4 Jan. 2021 People tend to become more religious after natural disasters, research shows, perhaps out of a desire to understand or cope with difficult and inexplicable situations. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused a Widespread Existential Crisis," 29 Dec. 2020 To reach a certain age without having experienced a romantic relationship comes with a certain inexplicable stigma attached. Izzie Price, refinery29.com, "I’m 27 & I’ve Never Had A Partner At Christmas," 23 Dec. 2020 That record included three blowout losses to ranked teams -- Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M -- plus an inexplicable loss to South Carolina, which fired head coach Will Muschamp before the season ended. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Gus Malzahn fired as Auburn head coach," 13 Dec. 2020 To reach a certain age without having experienced a romantic relationship comes with a certain inexplicable stigma attached. Izzie Price, refinery29.com, "I’m 27 & I’ve Never Had A Partner At Christmas," 20 Dec. 2020 All prodigies learn by imitation, but Mozart’s absorption was so immediate and inexplicable that his father made a note of the date. Washington Post, "The astounding brilliance and abiding joy of Mozart," 18 Dec. 2020 One thing that seems inexplicable, however, seems to come from the Carolinas. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Map Shows Every State’s Favorite Holiday Treat," 12 Dec. 2020 The most confusing and inexplicable part was that Lawson had not been in a restaurant in months. Alison Medley, Chron, "ABC-13 anchor shares her battle with COVID-19," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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“Inexplicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inexplicable. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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inexplicable

adjective
How to pronounce inexplicable (audio) How to pronounce inexplicable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inexplicable

: not able to be explained or understood

inexplicable

adjective
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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