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 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, "Something in the Air," 14 May 2020 The river itself was a standard-issue metaphor of time’s ungraspable flux and constancy. Wells Tower, Outside Online, "Wells Tower on His First Kiss," 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, "Fiction: The Ungraspable ‘Miracle’ of Machado de Assis," 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, "In ‘The Color of Pomegranates,’ the Cinema of the Cryptic," 24 May 2018 Calder was aiming to grasp the ungraspable, to describe the indescribable. Jed Perl, Smithsonian, "How Alexander Calder Became America’s Most Beloved Sculptor," 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 14 Aug. 2020.

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