imponderable

[im-pon-der-uh-buh l]

adjective

not ponderable; that cannot be precisely determined, measured, or evaluated.

noun

an imponderable thing, force, agency, etc.

Origin of imponderable

From the Medieval Latin word imponderābilis, dating back to 1785–95. See im-2, ponderable
Related formsim·pon·der·a·bil·i·ty, im·pon·der·a·ble·ness, nounim·pon·der·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for imponderable

Historical Examples of imponderable

  • A hot body was one which had absorbed an imponderable substance.

    The Machinery of the Universe

    Amos Emerson Dolbear

  • Matter was for the moment as subtle, as imponderable as soul.

  • We have not the slightest reason to believe that Aether is imponderable.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper

  • At all events the onus of proof rests with those who assert it is imponderable.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper

  • Likeness, dear Baron, is often the result of imponderable things.

    Three Plays

    Luigi Pirandello


British Dictionary definitions for imponderable

imponderable

adjective

unable to be weighed or assessed

noun

something difficult or impossible to assess
Derived Formsimponderability or imponderableness, nounimponderably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for imponderable
adj.

1794, "weightless," from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + ponderable (see ponder). Figurative use, "unthinkable," from 1814. Related: Imponderably. As a noun, by 1842.

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