Definition of imponderable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɒnd(ə)rəb(ə)l/


A factor that is difficult or impossible to estimate or assess: there are too many imponderables for an overall prediction
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  • Given the proximity of the interviews, there are still many imponderables that make predicting an outcome near impossible.
  • The second type is a mystery - a question that is not answerable because it is beyond our ability to understand and predict since it depends on so many unknowns or imponderables.
  • ‘The election has thrown up some imponderables that we just have to now manage our way through but that is the will of the people of Northern Ireland and now the two governments have to get on with it,’ he said.


1Difficult or impossible to estimate or assess: imponderable longer-term prospects
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  • We appreciate that this case raises difficult problems in sentencing, but we would say the Court should not be deterred by the difficult and imponderable nature of dealing with cases such as these.
  • Their superstar nuptials attract acclamation of imponderable scale, the industry falls at their feet in supplication, and the simplest family outing becomes an event of global import.
  • There is the imponderable question of what will happen to the oil price, given that account must be taken of its impact not only on the domestic economy, but on the full range of trading partners.
2 archaic Very light.
Example sentences
  • So he accepted Empedocles elements as a kind of intermediary between this imponderable stuff and the tangible world.
  • This expectation accounts for Powers's interest in imponderable fluids.
  • Gone were the secret incantations and gothic tales of interred bodies, but the divining rod remained, now viewed as a conductor of imponderable fluids.



Pronunciation: /ɪmpɒnd(ə)rəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • He shows this in the imponderability of puberty; the characters have become more moody, more unpredictable, more secretive.
  • Leadership-followership under perpetually changing conditions presents a challenge because of the surprise in and imponderability of events.
  • ‘The Peddler and The Cloud’ can be a hopeful journey or a grim warning depending on the mood of the reader, and has the imponderability of a Zen koan.


Example sentences
  • Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence - neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish - it is an imponderably valuable gift.
  • Rather, the genocide lives on in the grief, pain, and anger that has saturated everything to the extent that one's loss seems to have been reduced to only a single piece of an imponderably vast suffering.
  • Now the time seemed to weigh imponderably upon him.

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