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

Other Words from inexplicable

inexplicability \ ˌi-​nik-​ˌspli-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inexplicable (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˌnek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ noun
inexplicableness \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspli-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inexplicable (audio) , (ˌ)i-​ˈnek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ noun
inexplicably \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce inexplicable (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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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 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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