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 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

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Male presidential candidates are noted for their inexplicable and sudden desires to do irrational things, such as assassinate Alexander Hamilton, create the Bull Moose Party or be John Edwards. Alexandra Petri, Twin Cities, "Alexandra Petri: Can we risk nominating a man for president?," 13 June 2019 So much of the Warriors’ success on Thursday was inexplicable. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Warriors had the championship heart, just not the championship bodies," 13 June 2019 Last season was their inexplicable love affair with reliever Ryan Madson. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Dodgers Dugout: Why didn't the Dodgers sign Craig Kimbrel?," 7 June 2019 In classic Trek fashion, Pike and his crew uncover something seemingly inexplicable—a camp of humans far, far from their Earthly home. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 And all anyone will ever remember from arguably his greatest Finals performance is one of the most inexplicable mistakes ever made. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "J.R. Smith Will Never Be Forgiven," 1 June 2018 Like giant shoulder pads and the music of Frank Stallone, some things about the 1980s remain inexplicable. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 In 2006, Republicans – for reasons that remain inexplicable – opted to run former Florida Sec. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rick Scott vs. Bill Nelson: Are you excited about either of these Senate candidates?," 9 Apr. 2018 The only blemish on Haskins’ resume is the inexplicable 49-20 loss at unranked Purdue Oct. 20. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft," 7 Jan. 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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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 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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