View synonyms for inexplicable


[ in-ik-splik-uh-buhl, in-ek-spli-kuh-buhl ]


  1. not explicable; incapable of being accounted for or explained.

    Synonyms: mysterious, unaccountable


/ ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəbəl; ɪnˈɛksplɪkəbəl /


  1. not capable of explanation; unexplainable

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Derived Forms

  • ˌinexplicaˈbility, noun
  • ˌinexˈplicably, adverb

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Other Words From

  • in·ex·pli·ca·bil·i·ty [in-ik-splik-, uh, -, bil, -i-tee] in·ex·pli·ca·ble·ness noun
  • in·ex·pli·ca·bly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inexplicable1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word inexplicābilis. See in- 3, explicable

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Example Sentences

If the other options are packing orders of yoga pants or putting yourself in uncomfortable sexual situations on camera, it doesn’t seem like such an inexplicable choice.

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Both mothers and children experience this unexplainable and inexplicable bond.

The Vikings started 1-5 and suffered an inexplicable loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week.

As scientists take fresh looks at the data behind the Venus announcement, and add other datasets to the mix, the original claim of inexplicable amounts of phosphine is being called into doubt.

The lead developer insisted on delivering alternative explanations for what was happening and for an inexplicable reason fully resisted the recommendation to move to SSR.

It lets us see that our weird and inexplicable urges are actually normal and easily explained.

I admire Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and author of Space Chronicles and Inexplicable Universe.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the group, “ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, valueless evil.”

She waited for the inexplicable sentiment to fade away, but instead it intensified and she began to sob.

There is no good reason beyond that inexplicable American habit of following beaten paths.

The intensity of his sensations seemed inexplicable, unless some reality, some truth, lay behind them.

He had seen her name in a hotel list of Mentone; he surprised her with a visit; he was received with inexplicable coldness.

However great and inexplicable these differences may be, it is not the business of the valuator of a manure to discuss them.

The blood hummed through Garnache's head as he tightened his lips and watched this gentleman indulge his inexplicable mirth.

An inexplicable feeling crept into his heart—the first kindly feeling he had ever known.


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