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[ih-lim-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪˈlɪm ɪ tə bəl/
not limitable; limitless; boundless.
Origin of illimitable
1590-1600; il-2 + limitable
Related forms
illimitability, illimitableness, noun
illimitably, adverb Unabridged
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  • To westward; the last of the spent day—rust-red and pearl, illimitable levels of shore waiting for the tide to turn again.

  • I seemed the only living thing in the cold, illimitable night.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Thus the way was opened for new developments and for illimitable extension.

  • It is the illimitable feeling that gives it a special character.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • How had she made her way to that illimitable prairie where he had found the mysterious beginning of the ladder bridge?

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • I carry in my heart countless cities and illimitable deserts.

    Thais Anatole France
  • But it is when we turn to electricity that the rich virgin condition of an illimitable new kingdom of discovery is seen.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  • His feet were once more on the long grass of the illimitable prairie.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • There are woods and waters, and the occasional illusion of an illimitable distance of sylvan joyance.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • To what an illimitable enterprise does the vastness of our plans lead us!

British Dictionary definitions for illimitable


limitless; boundless
Derived Forms
illimitability, illimitableness, noun
illimitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for illimitable

1590s, from il- "not" + limitable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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