[im-pal-puh-buh l]


not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible.
difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily: impalpable distinctions.
(of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt.

Origin of impalpable

First recorded in 1500–10; im-2 + palpable
Related formsim·pal·pa·bil·i·ty, nounim·pal·pa·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impalpability



imperceptible, esp to the touchimpalpable shadows
difficult to understand; abstruse
Derived Formsimpalpability, nounimpalpably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impalpability



c.1500, from French impalpable, from Medieval Latin impalpabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + palpabilis (see palpable). Figurative use from 1774. Related: Impalpably; impalpability.

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