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Thursday, June 14, 2012

imponderable

\im-PON-der-uh-buhl\ , noun;
1.
A thing that cannot be precisely determined or measured.
adjective:
1.
Not ponderable; that cannot be precisely determined, measured, or evaluated.
Quotes:
Of course he had always been a huge imponderable, if not to say the biggest challenge of her admittedly young life.
-- Lindsay Armstrong, The Constantin Marriage
Of course there's always the imponderable, the unpredictable which can't be foreseen...
-- Leonardo Sciascia, Peter Robb and Sacha Rabinovitch, The Moro Affair
Origin:
Imponderable comes directly from the Medieval Latin word imponderābilis which had the same meaning.
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