[in-di-jes-tuh-buh l, -dahy-]


not digestible; not easily digested.

Origin of indigestible

From the Late Latin word indīgestibilis, dating back to 1520–30. See in-3, digestible
Related formsin·di·gest·i·bil·i·ty, in·di·gest·i·ble·ness, nounin·di·gest·i·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indigestible

Contemporary Examples of indigestible

  • An adult would have to eat about eight castor beans—after first removing the indigestible skin—to die.

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    Ricin: Five Things to Know About It

    Caitlin Dickson

    April 17, 2013

  • Can you imagine Blair, or even Obama, saying something quite so indigestible (as distinct, of course, from unpalatable)?

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    What Cameron Is Up Against

    Tunku Varadarajan

    May 12, 2010

Historical Examples of indigestible

British Dictionary definitions for indigestible



incapable of being digested or difficult to digest
difficult to understand or absorb mentallyan indigestible book
Derived Formsindigestibility or indigestibleness, nounindigestibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indigestible

late 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + digestible; or else from Late Latin indigestibilis. Related: Indigestibility.

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