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inexpressible

[in-ik-spres-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not expressible; incapable of being uttered or described in words: a scene of inexpressible beauty.
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noun
  1. inexpressibles, Archaic. trousers; pants.
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Origin of inexpressible

First recorded in 1615–25; in-3 + expressible
Related formsin·ex·press·i·bil·i·ty, in·ex·press·i·ble·ness, nounin·ex·press·i·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for inexpressible

Historical Examples

  • It is this which throws an inexpressible charm over the narrative.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I

    Francis Augustus Cox

  • To my inexpressible disappointment, Miss Montenero was not with her father.

  • She gave a sigh of inexpressible relief and then rose to go.

  • And there was an inexpressible melancholy in the tone as she spoke it.

  • Its power lies in the region of the inexpressible; it tells us what the words cannot.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore


British Dictionary definitions for inexpressible

inexpressible

adjective
  1. too great, etc, to be expressed or uttered; indescribable
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Derived Formsinexpressibility or inexpressibleness, nouninexpressibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpressible

adj.

1620s, from in- (1) "not" + expressible (see express (v.)). Related: Inexpressibly.

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