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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.
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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Examples for inexplicably
  • At a birthday party for a friend, he stumbled inexplicably.
  • Five more towers are to rise up under plans inexplicably approved by the municipal and district authorities.
  • The wrong turn, the misread map, the must-see natural wonder inexplicably closed for the season.
  • There's something inexplicably fun about flicking wooden discs across a table.
  • Shots that were stroked with an air of finality now inexplicably stray into.
  • Probably because it was inexplicably high to start with.
  • Twenty minutes later, as inexplicably as it began, it stopped.
  • The raft with which you were exchanging merry banter moments ago can inexplicably turn on you.
  • It's waterproof, but inexplicably requires batteries to run.
  • The first signs of her illness appeared a decade ago, when she would inexplicably lose her balance and fall.
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
1490, from M.Fr. inexplicable, from L. inexplicabilis "that cannot be unfolded or disentangled, very intricate," from in- "not" + explicabilis "that may be explained" (see explicit).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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