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. Madeline Leung Coleman, The Atlantic, "The ‘Great Man’ Theory of American Food," 29 Nov. 2020 Hollywood has operated for decades off this strange, undefinable process, in which millions of creative decisions pass through a single person, for better or for worse. David Sims, The Atlantic, "David Fincher’s Theory of Moviemaking," 4 Dec. 2020 That one tiny piece of undefinable whatever it might be provides a layer of subjectivity. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Book Highlights Architecture Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Movie," 20 Oct. 2020 This is about how complex family is, and how mysterious and kind of undefinable the human experience is. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Rainn Wilson on bringing the laughs to end-of-life drama Blackbird," 17 Sep. 2020 Beyond accolades and numbers, though, there are undefinable and immeasurable traits. Dallas News, "Is Luka Doncic the best 21-year-old in NBA history? His first Maverick playoff run will decide his place among the greats," 15 Aug. 2020 The restaurants here define this undefinable cuisine–a mash-up of immigrant cuisines, both recent and ancient—and make Honolulu still my favorite place to eat. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "12 Honolulu Restaurants—For Something Other Than Poke," 9 Jan. 2020 To them, their gender might be unknown or undefinable. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Does 'Agender' Mean?," 3 May 2019 This raises the question of following the law’s letter versus its spirit, whether the undefinable quality of a film supersedes the superficial criteria placed on it. Charles Bramesco, Vox, "Eighth Grade’s R rating deters actual 8th graders from seeing it. What a shame.," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of undefinable

1690, in the meaning defined above

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“Undefinable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undefinable. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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