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inscrutable

[in-skroo-tuh-buh l] /ɪnˈskru tə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable.
2.
not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable:
an inscrutable smile.
3.
incapable of being seen through physically; physically impenetrable:
the inscrutable depths of the ocean.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin inscrūtābilis. See in-3, scrutable
Related forms
inscrutability, inscrutableness, noun
inscrutably, adverb
Synonyms
1. hidden, incomprehensible, undiscoverable, inexplicable. See mysterious.
Antonyms
1. comprehensible.
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  • To my inexpert eye, the face is at once foreign and inscrutably familiar.
  • History may be inscrutably accidental in its specific details.
  • Smiley inscrutably says he cannot answer without doing the investigation.
British Dictionary definitions for inscrutably

inscrutable

/ɪnˈskruːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
incomprehensible; mysterious or enigmatic
Derived Forms
inscrutability, inscrutableness, noun
inscrutably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin inscrūtābilis, from Latin in-1 + scrūtārī to examine
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Word Origin and History for inscrutably

inscrutable

adj.

c.1500, from Late Latin inscrutabilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + scrutabilis, from scrutari "examine, ransack" (see scrutiny). Related: Inscrutably.

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