indefinable

[ in-di-fahy-nuh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈfaɪ nə bəl /

adjective

not definable; not readily identified, described, analyzed, or determined.

noun

something that cannot be defined: the indefinables of great musicianship.

Nearby words

  1. indefatigable,
  2. indefeasible,
  3. indefectible,
  4. indefensible,
  5. indefinability,
  6. indefinite,
  7. indefinite article,
  8. indefinite integral,
  9. indefinite number,
  10. indefinite pronoun

Origin of indefinable

First recorded in 1800–10; in-3 + definable

Related formsin·de·fin·a·ble·ness, nounin·de·fin·a·bly, adverb

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

Examples from the Web for indefinable


British Dictionary definitions for indefinable

indefinable

/ (ˌɪndɪˈfaɪnəbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being defined or analysedthere was an indefinable sense of terror
Derived Formsindefinableness, nounindefinably, adverb

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for indefinable

indefinable

adj.

1810, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + definable (see define). Related: Indefinably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper