inexplicable

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

adjective

not explicable; incapable of being accounted for or explained.

Nearby words

  1. inexperience,
  2. inexperienced,
  3. inexpert,
  4. inexpiable,
  5. inexplainable,
  6. inexplicit,
  7. inexplosive,
  8. inexpressible,
  9. inexpressive,
  10. inexpugnable

Origin of inexplicable

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

Related formsin·ex·pli·ca·bil·i·ty, in·ex·pli·ca·ble·ness, nounin·ex·pli·ca·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for inexplicable

inexplicable

inexplainable

adjective

not capable of explanation; unexplainable
Derived Formsinexplicability, inexplicableness, inexplainability or inexplainableness, nouninexplicably or inexplainably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inexplicable

inexplicable

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French inexplicable or directly from Latin inexplicabilis "that cannot be unfolded or disentangled, very intricate," figuratively, "inexplicable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + explicabilis "that may be explained" (see explicable). Related: Inexplicably.

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