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[in-ik-spres-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn ɪkˈsprɛs ə bəl/
not expressible; incapable of being uttered or described in words:
a scene of inexpressible beauty.
inexpressibles, Archaic. trousers; pants.
Origin of inexpressible
First recorded in 1615-25; in-3 + expressible
Related forms
inexpressibility, inexpressibleness, noun
inexpressibly, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It is this which throws an inexpressible charm over the narrative.

  • To my inexpressible disappointment, Miss Montenero was not with her father.

  • She gave a sigh of inexpressible relief and then rose to go.

  • And there was an inexpressible melancholy in the tone as she spoke it.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Its power lies in the region of the inexpressible; it tells us what the words cannot.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • Penelope smiled in her sleep and her soul was filled with inexpressible peace.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • The look of joy upon their sun-browned faces was inexpressible.

    An Epoch in History

    P. H. Eley
  • Dull and uninteresting as it may be to others, for him it will possess an inexpressible charm.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • I cannot describe the inexpressible softness, tenderness, and music of his accent.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Alroy watched their departure with a glance of inexpressible anguish.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for inexpressible


too great, etc, to be expressed or uttered; indescribable
Derived Forms
inexpressibility, inexpressibleness, noun
inexpressibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpressible

1620s, from in- (1) "not" + expressible (see express (v.)). Related: Inexpressibly.

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