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View synonyms for indefinable

indefinable

[ in-di-fahy-nuh-buhl ]

adjective

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


noun

  1. something that cannot be defined:

    the indefinables of great musicianship.

indefinable

/ ˌɪndɪˈfaɪnəbəl /

adjective

  1. incapable of being defined or analysed

    there was an indefinable sense of terror



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Derived Forms

  • ˌindeˈfinableness, noun
  • ˌindeˈfinably, adverb

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Other Words From

  • inde·fina·ble·ness noun
  • inde·fina·bly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of indefinable1

First recorded in 1800–10; in- 3 + definable ( def )

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Example Sentences

The story moves in lyrical waves, shifting in its opalescent, indefinable colors of feeling.

From Time

A picture that’s gorgeous to look at but too hyper-manicured to be genuinely moving, it hovers somewhere in an indefinable in-between.

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He had that indefinable sixth sense that distinguishes gifted warriors from good ones.

He knew what was going on and he never, in my experience, took risk that was indefinable.

And now there was added to this devotion an element of indefinable anxiety which made its vigilance unceasing.

But the impression was so fleeting as to be indefinable, and soon I was busy getting everyone settled in the car.

In my dreams again and again an indefinable shadow mockingly comes and cries to me, he is not to be yours, he is to be mine.

There was in it the indefinable hardening and ageing which seemed to Boyson to have affected the whole personality.

The features, he tells us, were distinguished neither by regularity nor classical beauty, but had an indefinable charm.

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