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[uhn-ik-spres-iv] /ˌʌn ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv/
not expressive; lacking in expression of meaning, feeling, etc.:
a bland and unexpressive person.
Obsolete, inexpressible.
Origin of unexpressive
1590-1600; un-1 + expressive
Related forms
unexpressively, adverb
unexpressiveness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Did I not know what a lovely soul hid behind that unexpressive countenance?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • With unexpressive notes, meaning beyond the power of human expression.

    Minor Poems by Milton John Milton
  • They saw the face dimly in the half-light, with unexpressive dark patches under the penthouse brows.

  • He was not shy and unexpressive; he was buoyant and self-reliant, and yet he seemed to appreciate her quality none the less.

    Unleavened Bread Robert Grant
  • With unexpressive face, the boy turned and climbed the railings.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • unexpressive, un-eks-pres′iv, adj. not expressive: incapable of being expressed.

  • You will love other women, and one day the unexpressive she will appear who has never once peeped into these worldly text-books.

    The Day of His Youth Alice Brown
  • Peace filled their souls so that they perceived the unexpressive adoration of the river, and the trees, and the solemn moonlight.

    Atm Caroline Augusta Frazer
  • Some of the portraits themselves are rather stiff and unexpressive; but the vignettes are uniformly tasteful and agreeable.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • His square, unexpressive face was relieved by a pair of fine dark-brown eyes.

    Ross Grant Tenderfoot John Garland

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