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indefinable

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

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

noun

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

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RELATED WORDS

covertly, dully, indefinitely, secretly, vaguely, darkly, gloomily, hazily, indecisively, indistinctly, nebulously, thickly, unobtrusively

Nearby words

indefatigable, indefeasible, indefectible, indefensible, indefinability, indefinable, indefinite, indefinite article, indefinite integral, indefinite number, 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
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British Dictionary definitions for indefinably

indefinable

/ (ˌɪndɪˈfaɪnəbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being defined or analysedthere was an indefinable sense of terror
Derived Formsindefinableness, nounindefinably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indefinably

indefinable


adj.

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

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