in·ex·pli·ca·ble | \ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-bəl, (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)spli- \

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, (ˌ)i-ˌnek-(ˌ)spli- \ noun
inexplicableness \ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-bəl-nəs, (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)spli- \ noun
inexplicably \ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-blē, (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)spli- \ adverb

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

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But inexplicable losses to underachieving Tulsa and Tulane hurt the team’s momentum and kept the Cougars out of serious consideration for a division crown. Matt Murschel,, "Houston lands an influx of talent, No. 68 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 20 June 2018 There was the hard fire that burned after the inexplicable season-ending letdown against San Antonio in last year’s conference semifinals. Brian T. Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, "Beach bonds: Trip to Bahamas helped cement Rockets’ team chemistry," 19 May 2018 Facebook is only a week out from demanding inexplicable GPS access from every single one of its Oculus Go customers, after all. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Facebook changes an Oculus division’s name, invents term “Facebook Reality”," 7 May 2018 Blame it on my bucket list, an ever-lengthening compendium of inexplicable desires. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 Sometimes that’s the only way to satisfy the inexplicable and infuriating urge to move that sets in every night before bed, making sleep impossible. Sarah Gantz,, "The high cost of getting a good night's sleep," 6 June 2018 With breathtaking deliberation and quiet, unshowy mastery, [Aster] spins a devastating portrait of an American family in sudden, inexplicable decline . Mark Olsen,, "Indie Focus: For the whole family with 'Hereditary,' 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' and 'Hearts Beat Loud'," 10 June 2018 Trump’s actions often seem inexplicable or counter-productive if viewed through a traditional national security lens. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "What Happens When You Treat Nuclear Diplomacy Like a Reality TV Show," 24 May 2018 But there are mystical, magical moments, inexplicable moments when an idea that is fully formed just pops into your head. Chelsea Stone, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift on Her Songwriting Process: "There Are Mystical, Magical Moments"," 10 July 2018

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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, 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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