in·​ex·​press·​ible ˌi-nik-ˈspre-sə-bəl How to pronounce inexpressible (audio)
: not capable of being expressed : indescribable
inexpressible joy
inexpressibility noun
inexpressibleness noun
inexpressibly adverb

Examples of inexpressible in a Sentence

overcome by an inexpressible awe at the sight of the thunderous waterfall
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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inexpressible was in 1625

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“Inexpressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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in·​ex·​press·​ible ˌin-ik-ˈspres-ə-bəl How to pronounce inexpressible (audio)
: impossible to express : indescribable
inexpressible joy
inexpressibly adverb

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