- 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 impalpable
Only the originals have a true, if impalpable, connection to that man and that moment of making.Ad Reinhardt, No Saint, Made Relics of Himself
December 4, 2013
This impalpable missive dated from seventeen days previously.My Double Life
It was as though her face was covered by an impalpable grey mask.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
He seemed to see Enid through some impalpable and yet impenetrable medium.The Missionary
"Even now I don't believe in him," the impalpable legend ran.The Market-Place
He waited for the sun to pierce this impalpable fog, but waited in vain.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- imperceptible, esp to the touchimpalpable shadows
- difficult to understand; abstruse
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Word Origin and History for impalpable
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