inexplicable

adjective
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

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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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidon’s failed relationship was strung together by a series of inexplicable, enjoyable, and very online moments. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event," 6 Nov. 2018 Financial executives planning future capital expenditures and people saving for retirement learn to prepare for inexplicable and inconveniently timed falls. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Stock-Market Volatility Can Be Good for the Economy," 24 Dec. 2018 There were others that were mysteries, strange things that had happened that to a 19th-century physician were completely inexplicable. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 The Seahawks blew two golden opportunities to score in the first half, one ending on an inexplicable Wilson interception on a play that snapped from the 1-yard line with 16 seconds left in the second quarter. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks show off ‘Green Machine’ defense in near-shutout of Vikings on MNF," 10 Dec. 2018 What was once a possible purchase for those who might have been interested in YouTube’s original content that was hidden behind a membership fee suddenly seems like an inexplicable buy. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube Premium is changing because it has to," 29 Nov. 2018 The French paramedics who treated her said her survival was medically inexplicable. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Miraculous Rescues," 4 Nov. 2010 Pinterest says that cow costumes are up 680 percent, which is an inexplicable moo-d. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Most-Searched Halloween Makeup Ideas on Pinterest for 2018," 26 Sep. 2018 The worst off have reported skin damage, inexplicable hair loss and ribs buckling beneath their chests—debilitating injuries suffered while undergoing screening or treatment for something that would otherwise kill them. John Ericson, Newsweek, "Death Rays," 2 Apr. 2014

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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

adjective

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, 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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