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[in-ek-spli-kuh-buh l, in-ik-splik-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛk splɪ kə bəl, ˌɪn ɪkˈsplɪk ə bəl/
not explicable; incapable of being accounted for or explained.
Origin of inexplicable
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin inexplicābilis. See in-3, explicable
Related forms
inexplicability, inexplicableness, noun
inexplicably, adverb
unaccountable, mysterious, mystifying. Unabridged
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  • Or he might have been reluctant to dwell upon so strange and inexplicable an occurrence.
  • Though why it has to be in a hamster ball instead of a wheeled vehicle is inexplicable.
  • Wonderful, inexplicable and may be the only true magic minus trick and stage hands.
  • If to watch closely children, it is possible to find out a lot of interesting and inexplicable.
  • For the first time in his life and for inexplicable reasons, he began to draw.
  • To cross it and then to come right back-that would be entirely sufficient, would satisfy my inexplicable yet acute hunger.
  • These episodes can range from nightmares to mental reenactments of my injury to inexplicable waves of emotion.
  • What happened was so savage, and so inexplicable, that it never let her go.
  • What she found inexplicable and unforgivable was the excruciating delay.
  • The only thing more remarkable than how quickly these fortunes have arisen is how inexplicable some of them seem.
British Dictionary definitions for inexplicable


/ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəbəl; ɪnˈɛksplɪkəbəl/
not capable of explanation; unexplainable
Derived Forms
inexplicability, inexplicableness, inexplainability, inexplainableness, noun
inexplicably, inexplainably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexplicable

early 15c., from Middle French inexplicable or directly from Latin inexplicabilis "that cannot be unfolded or disentangled, very intricate," figuratively, "inexplicable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + explicabilis "that may be explained" (see explicable). Related: Inexplicably.

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