inscrutable

[in-skroo-tuh-buhl]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin inscrūtābilis. See in-3, scrutable

inscrutability, inscrutableness, noun
inscrutably, adverb


1. hidden, incomprehensible, undiscoverable, inexplicable. See mysterious.


1. comprehensible.
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inscrutable (ɪnˈskruːtəbəl)
 
adj
incomprehensible; mysterious or enigmatic
 
[C15: from Late Latin inscrūtābilis, from Latin in-1 + scrūtārī to examine]
 
inscruta'bility
 
n
 
in'scrutableness
 
n
 
in'scrutably
 
adv

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inscrutable
mid-15c., from L.L. inscrutabilis, from in- "not" + scrutari "examine, ransack" (see scrutiny).
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Example sentences
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.
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