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[in-ik-spres-iv] /ˌɪn ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv/
not expressive; lacking in expression.
Obsolete. inexpressible.
Origin of inexpressive
1645-55; in-3 + expressive
Related forms
inexpressively, adverb
inexpressiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inexpressive
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  • Joy proved to be a mild and inexpressive word for the party.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The Swede was as inexpressive as ever, with the same half-smile on his fair, serious face.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • Rowland, indeed, had taken an exquisite satisfaction in his companion's deep, inexpressive assent to his interest in him.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • His face was inexpressive, but she seemed to read there something which prompted her words.

    The Moving Finger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He flung himself off the horse, and took her hands; she reached him two as if one for a handshake would be inexpressive.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • I don't see why all the flowers should take to being so inexpressive.

    Bride Roses W. D. Howells
  • Eagerly he gazes on her charms; in thought he devours her inexpressive beauties.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He could never have drawn so badly, he never could have composed so awkwardly, he never could have been so inexpressive!

    Giorgione Herbert Cook
  • His face, now hardly visible, was as inexpressive as the door of a safe.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Oh, those rows of impenetrable faces gazing at the stage with their long, shining, inexpressive eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for inexpressive


lacking in expression: an inexpressive face
an archaic word for inexpressible
Derived Forms
inexpressively, adverb
inexpressiveness, noun
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