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inexpressible

[in-ik-spres-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not expressible; incapable of being uttered or described in words: a scene of inexpressible beauty.
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noun
  1. inexpressibles, Archaic. trousers; pants.
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Origin of inexpressible

First recorded in 1615–25; in-3 + expressible
Related formsin·ex·press·i·bil·i·ty, in·ex·press·i·ble·ness, nounin·ex·press·i·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for inexpressibly

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  • This thought is inexpressibly beautiful; and quite, so far as I know, original.

  • It would console him inexpressibly; would be infinitely sweet to him.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • With your love and your pride, your sins and your folly, inexpressibly dear to me!

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • It was chilly, too, and the hotel was inexpressibly dreary and uncomfortable.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • The day was worse than its predecessor, inexpressibly gloomy and disheartening.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for inexpressibly

inexpressible

adjective
  1. too great, etc, to be expressed or uttered; indescribable
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Derived Formsinexpressibility or inexpressibleness, nouninexpressibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpressibly

inexpressible

adj.

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

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