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immeasurable

[ih-mezh-er-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being measured; limitless: the immeasurable vastness of the universe.
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Origin of immeasurable

First recorded in 1350–1400, immeasurable is from the Middle English word immesurable. See im-2, measurable
Related formsim·meas·ur·a·bil·i·ty, im·meas·ur·a·ble·ness, nounim·meas·ur·a·bly, adverb
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  • The immeasurable, eternal caverns of the ocean were scooped.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • The troop of the stars was posted in the immeasurable deeps of the firmament.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • And yet beneath all his discomfort there was a full tide of immeasurable happiness.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • What is it that would seem to determine this immeasurable privilege of Access to Him?

    The Prodigal Returns

    Lilian Staveley

  • How full of gayety, yet immeasurable tenderness, is her speaking face!

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton


British Dictionary definitions for immeasurable

immeasurable

adjective
  1. incapable of being measured, esp by virtue of great size; limitless
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Derived Formsimmeasurability or immeasurableness, nounimmeasurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immeasurable

adj.

mid-15c., from im- + measurable. It could alternate with immensurable (1530s), from French, from Late Latin immensurabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not" + mensurabilis "able to be measured," from mensurare "to measure." Related: Immeasurably.

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