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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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 Tyler’s seemingly happy life and his inexplicable death—is vast. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 This inexplicable judgment call goes to the spiritual aspect of hunting. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of a black bear, hunter gets a view from a nonhunter’s eyes," 5 June 2018 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

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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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