Definition of inexplicable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnɪkˈsplɪkəbl//
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that cannot be understood or explained synonym incomprehensible inexplicable behaviour For some inexplicable reason he gave up a fantastic job. opposite explicable Word Originlate Middle English: from French, or from Latin inexplicabilis ‘that cannot be unfolded’, from in- ‘not’ + explicabilis (from explicare, from ex- ‘out’ + plicare ‘to fold’).Word Familyexplain verbexplanation nounexplanatory adjectiveexplicable adjective (inexplicable)Extra examples This theory makes sense of an otherwise inexplicable phenomenon. For some inexplicable reason her mind went completely blank. He was shocked at the sudden, inexplicable sense of loss he felt.
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