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inexcusable Line breaks: in|ex¦cus|able
Pronunciation: /ɪnɪkˈskjuːzəb(ə)l/

Definition of inexcusable in English:


Too bad to be justified or tolerated: Matt’s behaviour was inexcusable
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  • Yesterday he told him their actions were inexplicable and inexcusable that night and could have had even more disastrous consequences.
  • It is caused by a deliberate act, no matter how justifiable or inexcusable it may be.
  • The loss of a case file is an inexcusable error and totally unacceptable.
blameworthy, censurable, reprehensible, deplorable, unconscionable, outrageous, disgraceful, regrettable, unacceptable, unreasonable, unworthy;
uncalled-for, unprovoked, gratuitous, without cause, without reason, without justification


Late Middle English: from Latin inexcusabilis, from in- 'not' + excusabilis 'able to be excused' (see excuse).



Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɪkˈsjuːzəbli/
[as submodifier]: he was inexcusably rude
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  • She made to leave, unable to bring herself to care that she was being inexcusably rude, but was caught by Cian as she tried to pass.
  • I know this letter is inexcusably short, but I just got back home from summer school and I am so tired right now.
  • Still, while the pacifist position is inexcusably naive, at least it is internally consistent.

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