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inexplicable

[in-ek-spli-kuh-buh l, in-ik-splik-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛk splɪ kə bəl, ˌɪn ɪkˈsplɪk ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not explicable; incapable of being accounted for or explained.
Origin of inexplicable
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Latin word inexplicābilis. See in-3, explicable
Related forms
inexplicability, inexplicableness, noun
inexplicably, adverb
Synonyms
unaccountable, mysterious, mystifying.
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  • Suddenly and, as it seemed to them, inexplicably, Mrs. Clutters had died.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • You came to my room while I was inexplicably out and waited till I returned.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • All mundane phenomena were inexplicably contorted that night.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • And yet I remembered how unhappy I felt, how inexplicably unhappy.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Strength was flowing into me, as inexplicably as it had flowed away from me a while past.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for inexplicably

inexplicable

/ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəbəl; ɪnˈɛksplɪkəbəl/
adjective
1.
not capable of explanation; unexplainable
Derived Forms
inexplicability, inexplicableness, inexplainability, inexplainableness, noun
inexplicably, inexplainably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexplicably

inexplicable

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French inexplicable or directly from Latin inexplicabilis "that cannot be unfolded or disentangled, very intricate," figuratively, "inexplicable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + explicabilis "that may be explained" (see explicable). Related: Inexplicably.

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