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[in-kuh n-soh-luh-buh l] /ˌɪn kənˈsoʊ lə bəl/
not consolable; that cannot be comforted; disconsolate:
She was inconsolable when her son died.
Origin of inconsolable
1590-1600; < Latin inconsōlābilis. See in-3, consolable
Related forms
inconsolability, inconsolableness, noun
inconsolably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inconsolable
  • In infants, the main sign is often irritability and inconsolable crying.
  • He had never before been out of sight of his mom and was inconsolable.
  • He also avoids showing us scenes of inconsolable grief.
  • Johnny's next-younger brother, who embarked in a state of inconsolable sobbing.
  • If she ever finds out that it has died she will be inconsolable.
  • In infants, the clearest sign is often irritability and inconsolable crying.
British Dictionary definitions for inconsolable


incapable of being consoled or comforted; disconsolate
Derived Forms
inconsolability, inconsolableness, noun
inconsolably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconsolable

c.1500 (implied in inconsolably), from Latin inconsolabilis "inconsolable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + consolabilis "consolable," from consolari (see console (v.)).

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