undefinable

adjective
un·​de·​fin·​able | \ ˌən-di-ˈfī-nə-bəl How to pronounce undefinable (audio) \

Definition of undefinable

: 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 Nonetheless, his life is an example of an enduring truth: American food, that undefinable thing, is best represented by the people who cook it and love it. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 26 Nov. 2021 Nonetheless, his life is an example of an enduring truth: American food, that undefinable thing, is best represented by the people who cook it and love it. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 26 Nov. 2021 Nonetheless, his life is an example of an enduring truth: American food, that undefinable thing, is best represented by the people who cook it and love it. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 26 Nov. 2021 The Marquesas have always had this sort of undefinable allure. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 What Cora spoke to was the acknowledgement of a championship vibe, that undefinable, somewhat indescribable mix of confidence and experience (and perhaps a little bit of arrogance) that tells the players their time is now. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Maybe, the film suggests, being alive simply means being undefinable. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 And that undefinable thing that makes live shows so impactful. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 19 May 2021 Biden’s new definition excludes congressional Republicans and somehow includes undefinable Republican support outside the Beltway. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of undefinable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undefinable was in 1690

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28 Dec 2021

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“Undefinable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undefinable. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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