inexplicable

adjective in·ex·pli·ca·ble \ ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-bəl , (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)spli- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of inexplicable

:incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for
  • an inexplicable disappearance

inexplicability

play \ˌi-nik-ˌspli-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)i-ˌnek-(ˌ)spli-\ noun

inexplicableness

play \ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-bəl-nəs, (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)spli-\ noun

inexplicably

play \ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-blē, (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)spli-\ adverb

Examples of inexplicable in a Sentence

  1. He had a series of seemingly inexplicable accidents.

  2. an inexplicable desire for ice cream at two in the morning

Recent Examples of inexplicable from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of inexplicable

Middle English, from Latin inexplicabilis, from in- + explicabilis explicable


INEXPLICABLE Defined for English Language Learners

inexplicable

adjective

Definition of inexplicable for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be explained or understood


INEXPLICABLE Defined for Kids

inexplicable

adjective in·ex·pli·ca·ble \ ˌi-nik-ˈspli-kə-bəl , i-ˈnek-spli- \

Definition of inexplicable for Students

:impossible to explain or account for
  • an inexplicable mystery

inexplicably

\-blē\ adverb


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