[ im-pal-puh-buh l ]
/ ɪmˈpæl pə bəl /


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, 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 impalpable


/ (ɪmˈpælpəbəl) /


imperceptible, esp to the touchimpalpable shadows
difficult to understand; abstruse

Derived Forms

impalpability, nounimpalpably, adverb
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