[ in-di-klahy-nuh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈklaɪ nə bəl /

adjective Grammar.

not capable of being declined; having no inflected forms: used especially of a word belonging to a form class most of whose members are declined, as the Latin adjective decem, “ten.”

Origin of indeclinable

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin indēclīnābilis unchangeable, inflexible. See in-3, declinable
Related formsin·de·clin·a·ble·ness, nounin·de·clin·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indeclinable

  • The indeclinable, remain as simple adjuncts to the verbs, and the latter put on the negative form.

    The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Mīlle is regularly an adjective in the Singular, and indeclinable.

    New Latin Grammar|Charles E. Bennett
  • Of these, the first five are declinable; the other four are indeclinable.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
  • The genitives his (his, its), hiere (her), hiera (their) are used as indeclinable possessives.

    Anglo-Saxon Primer|Henry Sweet

British Dictionary definitions for indeclinable


/ (ˌɪndɪˈklaɪnəbəl) /


(of a noun or pronoun) having only one form; not declined for case or number
Derived Formsindeclinableness, nounindeclinably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indeclinable



late 14c., originally in grammar, from French indéclinable, from Latin indeclinabilis, from indeclinatus "unchanged, constant," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + declinatus, from declinare (see decline (v.)). Related: Indeclinably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper