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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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  • I am inexpressibly glad that you have found me worthy of so much help.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • Robert was inexpressibly galled by the movement, by the words themselves.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • This discovery of his illiteracy shocked and hurt her inexpressibly.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • I can scarcely say why, but the sound jarred on me inexpressibly.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • I have never really got over Old Paul's death yet; it was so inexpressibly sad.

    Jimmy Quixote Tom Gallon
  • Mademoiselle Balesco was her name, and I found her inexpressibly charming.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • It was inexpressibly obnoxious to me to hear my poor Margaret spoken of as 'a young woman' by my business-like companion.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Her presence had been so inexpressibly sweet and helpful he could not bear to let her go.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
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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