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[ih-lim-i-tuh-buh l] /ɪˈlɪm ɪ tə bəl/
incapable of being limited; limitless; boundless.
Origin of illimitable
First recorded in 1590-1600; il-2 + limitable
Related forms
illimitability, illimitableness, noun
illimitably, adverb Unabridged
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  • I seemed the only living thing in the cold, illimitable night.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It is the illimitable feeling that gives it a special character.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • I carry in my heart countless cities and illimitable deserts.

    Thais Anatole France
  • Her illimitable appetite for romance hungers and thirsts for more.

  • There was nothing but illimitable prairie—and so I came up.'

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • His feet were once more on the long grass of the illimitable prairie.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • It reminded him of the illimitable prairie of which he had read in books of adventure.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • To what an illimitable enterprise does the vastness of our plans lead us!

  • Neither did it look so vast and illimitable as on the previous night.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • The word "veldt" is Dutch, and the word "illimitable" is Double Dutch.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for illimitable


limitless; boundless
Derived Forms
illimitability, illimitableness, noun
illimitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for illimitable

1590s, from il- "not" + limitable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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