adjective Date: 1810 incapable of being precisely described or analyzed <
indefinable feelings
an indefinable concept
indefinability nounindefinable nounindefinableness nounindefinably adverb

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  • Indefinable — In de*fin a*ble, a. Incapable of being defined or described; inexplicable. Bp. Reynolds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indefinable — I adjective abstruse, beyond expression, confusing, cryptic, difficult to explain, difficult to translate, difficult to understand, enigmatic, enigmatical, hard to explain, hard to translate, hard to understand, impenetrable, impossible to… …   Law dictionary

  • indefinable — (adj.) 1810, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + definable (see DEFINE (Cf. define)). Related: Indefinably …   Etymology dictionary

  • indefinable — *unutterable, inexpressible, unspeakable, ineffable, indescribable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • indefinable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not able to be defined or described exactly. DERIVATIVES indefinably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • indefinable — [in΄dē fīn′ə bəl, in΄difīn′ə bəl] adj. [ML indeffinabilis] that cannot be defined indefinability n. indefinably adv …   English World dictionary

  • indefinable — [[t]ɪ̱ndɪfa͟ɪnəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ An indefinable quality or feeling cannot easily be described. [WRITTEN] There was something indefinable in her eyes... His head felt lighter in some indefinable way …   English dictionary

  • indefinable — in|de|fi|na|ble [ˌındıˈfaınəbəl] adj an indefinable feeling, quality etc is difficult to describe or explain ▪ She felt an indefinable sadness. >indefinably adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • indefinable — adjective an indefinable feeling, quality etc is difficult to describe or explain: She felt a sudden indefinable sadness. indefinably adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • indefinable — in|de|fin|a|ble [ ,ındı faınəbl ] adjective impossible to describe or explain clearly: a strange indefinable beauty ╾ in|de|fin|a|bly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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