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
Recent Examples on the Web Then there were inexplicable losses to Cal, Stanford and Colorado. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks head home for the holidays, but take Rose Bowl homework with them: Issues & Answers," 22 Dec. 2019 Other systems featured giant planets in curious, elongated orbits inexplicable in terms of a coagulating disk. The Economist, "How the planets got their spots," 18 Dec. 2019 In an unusual and inexplicable move, Olshey and Stotts, with the exception of a handful of young players, elected not to hold individual exit interviews, Aminu said. Joe Freeman | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Al-Farouq Aminu’s return raises question: What if Portland Trail Blazers didn’t blow up their roster?," 21 Dec. 2019 But some pardons were inexplicable, including a man in Northern Kentucky who had served just one year of a 23-year sentence for raping a 9-year-old child. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "From the Kentucky Derby to the governor's race, here are the top 9 moments from 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 These mysteries are insoluble in precisely the same way that the war was inexplicable. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Patrick Modiano Explains Himself," 16 Dec. 2019 Maar showed how photography could fulfil the surrealist goals of exploring the unconscious and the inexplicable as well as any other artistic medium. The Economist, "Dora Maar, an overlooked star of surrealism," 3 Dec. 2019 Through inexplicable losses and injuries, the Philadelphia Eagles remain in position to win the NFC East. oregonlive, "Philadelphia Eagles vs Miami Dolphins: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 1 Dec. 2019 So inexplicable was his retreat that congressional Republicans rose up to condemn it. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Trump to Congress: Impeach me!," 17 Oct. 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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15 Jan 2020

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“Inexplicable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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