ungraspable

adjective
un·​grasp·​able | \ ˌən-ˈgra-spə-bəl How to pronounce ungraspable (audio) \

Definition of ungraspable

: not able to be grasped : not graspable especially : not easily understood or imagined That tree had witnessed the assaults of men in mail—how remote such a time seems, and how ungraspable is the fact that real men ever did fight in real armor! … — Mark Twain … students … sometimes recoil in stupefaction and dismay at their ungraspable complexity. — William Plowden

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Examples of ungraspable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ecological relationships that Darwin brings to our attention tell us of a world of bonds much more complex and ungraspable than had ever previously been supposed. Longreads, 23 Mar. 2021 The Internet of Things is an ungraspable future, particularly when the fact of a future for Earth at all sometimes sounds implausible. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 14 May 2020 The river itself was a standard-issue metaphor of time’s ungraspable flux and constancy. Wells Tower, Outside Online, 11 July 2018 The new volume, the first in English to bring together all seven of Machado’s story collections, illustrates both the refined pleasures and the somewhat ungraspable nature of his art. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 28 June 2018 The cascade of flickering, sometimes unreadable images is so unremitting, despite long stretches of an utterly blank screen, as to be nearly ungraspable. New York Times, 24 May 2018 Calder was aiming to grasp the ungraspable, to describe the indescribable. Jed Perl, Smithsonian, 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ungraspable

1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Ungraspable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungraspable. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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