- not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible.
- difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily: impalpable distinctions.
- (of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt.
Origin of impalpable
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Examples from the Web for impalpability
The spirit finds Dante alive in the flesh and he in turn on account of the impalpability of the shade clasps only empty air.Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"
John T. Slattery
One who has faded into impalpability through death, through absence, through change of manners.Ulysses
To-day, penetrated with the power and impalpability of the spirit, we have lost faith in the arm of flesh.The Marquis D'Argenson: A Study in Criticism
- imperceptible, esp to the touchimpalpable shadows
- difficult to understand; abstruse
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Word Origin and History for impalpability
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