[ in-kuh n-soh-luh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪn kənˈsoʊ lə bəl /


not able to be comforted or consoled; disconsolate: She was inconsolable when her son died.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inconsolable


/ (ˌɪnkənˈsəʊləbəl) /


incapable of being consoled or comforted; disconsolate
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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