Definition of inexplicable in English:

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inexplicable

Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəb(ə)l/
/ˌɪnɛkˈsplɪkəb(ə)l/ /ɪnˈɛksplɪkəb(ə)l/

adjective

Unable to be explained or accounted for: for some inexplicable reason her mind went completely blank
More example sentences
  • Why contribute to collections of essays that try to explain the inexplicable?
  • The book became a hit thanks to Singh's gift for explaining the inexplicable.
  • For some inexplicable reason, they have switched my account to a broadband one again.
Synonyms
unaccountable, unexplainable, incomprehensible, unfathomable, impenetrable, insoluble, unsolvable, baffling, puzzling, perplexing, mystifying, bewildering, mysterious, strange, weird, abstruse, enigmatic;
beyond comprehension, beyond understanding
archaic wildering
rare insolvable

Derivatives

inexplicability

Pronunciation: /ˌɪnɪkˌsplɪkəˈbɪləti/
noun
Example sentences
  • The fundamental inexplicability of existence led Argento temporarily to abandon the giallo form for his next two features, Suspiria and Inferno.
  • And yet, within this enormity, hidden on every page is a small boy who opens his eyes to witness the inexplicability of human sorrow.
  • Here, the estranging inexplicability of the actual is most viscerally approached, not through any feeble attempt at representation, but through the bizarre allusiveness of the fictive.

Origin

Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin inexplicabilis 'that cannot be unfolded', from in- 'not' + explicabilis (see explicable).

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Line breaks: in|ex¦plic|able

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