incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable.
not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable: an inscrutable smile.
incapable of being seen through physically; physically impenetrable: the inscrutable depths of the ocean.
- in·scru·ta·bil·i·ty, in·scru·ta·ble·ness, noun
- in·scru·ta·bly, adverb
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How to use inscrutable in a sentence
The lawsuit underscores the complex legal and financial gears nudging tenants toward eviction while remaining inscrutable to most renters.Eviction is big business for this law firm. Tenants say it buries them with unfair fees. | Kyle Swenson | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
The additional operating system variant, coupled with the inscrutable instructions, create a formula for confusion that benefits no one.Microsoft's Pint-Sized Surface Go 2 Is a Deceptively Cheap Budget Laptop | Patrick Lucas Austin | May 11, 2020 | Time
Two LEDs, one on the exterior and one visible when opened, indicate the device’s charging status via two inscrutable colors.Google's Slick Pixel Buds Finally Give Android Users the AirPods They Deserve | Patrick Lucas Austin | May 6, 2020 | Time
He must have confessed everything back at that table when he had felt so inscrutably buoyant.Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson
She must know that he couldn't explain his invasion of her house through that inscrutably closed door.The Rest Hollow Mystery | Rebecca N. Porter
Jubal Clenk dropped on one knee in front of the little boy, and the two were inscrutably eyeing each other at close quarters.The Ordeal | Charles Egbert Craddock
Then abruptly he turned to his brother who was listening inscrutably on the other side of the table.The Lamp in the Desert | Ethel M. Dell
Raffles stared at me inscrutably for some moments, and for some more at the great white numbers over the grand-stand.A Thief in the Night | E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for inscrutable
incomprehensible; mysterious or enigmatic
- inscrutability or inscrutableness, noun
- inscrutably, adverb
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