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[in-ik-spres-iv] /ˌɪn ɪkˈsprɛs ɪv/
not expressive; lacking in expression.
Obsolete. inexpressible.
Origin of inexpressive
First recorded in 1645-55; in-3 + expressive
Related forms
inexpressively, adverb
inexpressiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • Unfortunately the gong was inexpressive of the mood of the person who beat upon it.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Eagerly he gazes on her charms; in thought he devours her inexpressive beauties.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • But this is an unfortunate and inexpressive way of describing their relation to us.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • And the unrelated, inexpressive voice said: 'Give me your hand.'

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • His face, now hardly visible, was as inexpressive as the door of a safe.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • He did not know that behind the jerky manner and inexpressive face there was a Soul.

    The Limit Ada Leverson
  • The Swede was as inexpressive as ever, with the same half-smile on his fair, serious face.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • Joy proved to be a mild and inexpressive word for the party.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The American term is “ledge,” and it is not inappropriate or inexpressive.

    Getting Gold J. C. F. Johnson
  • Julian looked as inexpressive and immovable as a stone crusader.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
British Dictionary definitions for inexpressive


lacking in expression: an inexpressive face
an archaic word for inexpressible
Derived Forms
inexpressively, adverb
inexpressiveness, noun
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