in-scrutability

inscrutable

[in-skroo-tuh-buhl]
adjective
1.
incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable.
2.
not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable: an inscrutable smile.
3.
incapable of being seen through physically; physically impenetrable: the inscrutable depths of the ocean.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin inscrūtābilis. See in-3, scrutable

inscrutability, inscrutableness, noun
inscrutably, adverb


1. hidden, incomprehensible, undiscoverable, inexplicable. See mysterious.


1. comprehensible.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To in-scrutability
Collins
World English Dictionary
inscrutable (ɪnˈskruːtəbəl)
 
adj
incomprehensible; mysterious or enigmatic
 
[C15: from Late Latin inscrūtābilis, from Latin in-1 + scrūtārī to examine]
 
inscruta'bility
 
n
 
in'scrutableness
 
n
 
in'scrutably
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

inscrutable
mid-15c., from L.L. inscrutabilis, from in- "not" + scrutari "examine, ransack" (see scrutiny).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;