undefinable

adjective

un·​de·​fin·​able ˌən-di-ˈfī-nə-bəl How to pronounce undefinable (audio)
: unable to be defined or precisely described : indefinable
a seemingly undefinable term
… he felt an undefinable dread laying hold on him …George Eliot

Examples of undefinable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The answer to that pursuit can be found only in something given little attention in laboratories, classrooms and battlefields — the undefinable, unscientific realm of art. Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 There’s one full of hair, a play on the undefinable ick one feels when one spots a stray hair in the sink or on the shower wall. Nora Taylor, Curbed, 2 Jan. 2024 Perhaps more than any other American player of the last decade, Eubanks has that undefinable star quality that draws fans in. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 The rise of 'White Iverson' Post Malone, born Austin Richard Post, has always been something of a polarizing and undefinable character. Joshua Medintz, The Enquirer, 5 July 2023 An extraordinary, undefinable talent & unique human-being-mensch. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 30 June 2023 Something undefinable and even a little confusing. Joe Magill, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2022 The other, a manic, undefinable mash-up of genres and tonal values, populated by a mostly Asian cast playing versions of their characters in a rapidly expanding multiverse. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2023 As a younger generation favors the Internet over cable, it’s given rise to a class of celebrity unknown and undefinable to many over a certain age. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undefinable was in 1690

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“Undefinable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undefinable. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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