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[in-ik-spres-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn ɪkˈsprɛs ə bəl/
not expressible; incapable of being uttered or described in words:
a scene of inexpressible beauty.
inexpressibles, Archaic. trousers; pants.
Origin of inexpressible
1615-25; in-3 + expressible
Related forms
inexpressibility, inexpressibleness, noun
inexpressibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inexpressible
Historical Examples
  • His spirit grew austere, but in his austerity there was an inexpressible joy.

  • Shears uttered them with an inexpressible sense of satisfaction.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • It is inexpressible how much this infirmity adds to a sense of shame, and a general feeling of deterioration.

  • I have had inexpressible Pleasure in the Perusal of your Pamela.

  • He rubbed his hands together with a movement of inexpressible satisfaction.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • To the innumerable writers who are quoted, the indebtedness felt is inexpressible.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • It was an inexpressible relief, and the lightening of this one particular care made all the rest seem easier of endurance.

    What Katy Did Next Susan Coolidge
  • Mingled with Hester's love for Debby was an inexpressible gratitude.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Fireworks were discharged, to express, so the newspapers said, the inexpressible love of the people for princes and princesses.

    Walter Pieterse Multatuli
  • Then, to Paul's inexpressible relief, he heard the window close.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
British Dictionary definitions for inexpressible


too great, etc, to be expressed or uttered; indescribable
Derived Forms
inexpressibility, inexpressibleness, noun
inexpressibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpressible

1620s, from in- (1) "not" + expressible (see express (v.)). Related: Inexpressibly.

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