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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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  • 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
  • Above Jamestown for some 2,000 feet the country is inexpressibly sterile.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • The clarity of understanding between them was inexpressibly precious to him.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It is inexpressibly sad that he should have been taken away thus.

British Dictionary definitions for inexpressibly


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 inexpressibly



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

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