EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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 forms im·pal·pa·bil·i·ty, noun im·pal·pa·bly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impalpability adj.
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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