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[in-kuh n-soh-luh-buh l]
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  1. not able to be comforted or consoled; disconsolate: She was inconsolable when her son died.
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Origin of inconsolable

1590–1600; < Latin inconsōlābilis. See in-3, consolable
Related formsin·con·sol·a·bil·i·ty, in·con·sol·a·ble·ness, nounin·con·sol·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words for inconsolable

disconsolate, unconsolable, dejected, desolate, despairing, discouraged, distressed, forlorn, heartbroken, heartsick, sad, comfortless

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British Dictionary definitions for inconsolable


  1. incapable of being consoled or comforted; disconsolate
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Derived Formsinconsolability or inconsolableness, nouninconsolably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconsolable


c.1500 (implied in inconsolably), from Latin inconsolabilis "inconsolable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + consolabilis "consolable," from consolari (see console (v.)).

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