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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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  • It offended Linda inexplicably; she wanted to draw into an infinity of distance from all contact with men and life.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
  • All mundane phenomena were inexplicably contorted that night.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • She smiled almost in spite of herself, for the note of mastery in his voice was inexplicably sweet.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • Strength was flowing into me, as inexplicably as it had flowed away from me a while past.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • And yet I remembered how unhappy I felt, how inexplicably unhappy.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
British Dictionary definitions for inexplicably


/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 inexplicably



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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