Definition of indefinable in English:

indefinable

adjective

  • Not able to be defined or described exactly.

    ‘she reminds me, in some indefinable way, of my grandmother’
    • ‘Austrians can offer an alternative approach that does not depend on having to define or measure what is conceptually indefinable or unmeasurable.’
    • ‘And undoubtedly, their mysterious, indefinable quality is the source of their disconcerting power.’
    • ‘A third draft corrected some of these problems, but I still felt, without quite being able to articulate it, that in some indefinable way the script had lost ground.’
    • ‘An indefinable element that catches your eye; I had no trouble spotting her in the midst of a crowd of jeans-and-tees teenagers.’
    • ‘His eyes flashed just a little bit, with some vague, indefinable emotion, perhaps surprise, when he saw she was still lying in bed.’
    • ‘So perfect objectivity is not just unachievable but indefinable.’
    • ‘Perhaps subliminally it is this which gave her performances that indefinable, electric edge which drew audiences magnetically to her and held them spellbound.’
    • ‘He did not know where his own mind ended and the rest of the world flooded in: the boundary was vague, indefinable.’
    • ‘He displayed that elusive, indefinable quality: he looked presidential.’
    • ‘It is that indefinable something that is drawing another Afghan refugee, 70-year-old Taj Bara back to Kabul.’
    • ‘In those hours I laughed so hard my face hurt, I cried, I felt happiness, sadness, empathy, anger and other indefinable emotions.’
    • ‘This feeling is not toward any one English person in particular, or even a whole load of English, but that indefinable thing that the word England has come to symbolise for me.’
    • ‘In all shapes, sizes and more than anything, in those indefinable vibrant shades, butterflies seem to carry an uncanny beauty about them.’
    • ‘The answer depended ultimately on a policy decision informed by history and indefinable concepts of nationality and nationhood.’
    • ‘Poetry is the power of defining the indefinable in terms of the unforgettable.’
    • ‘It is a challenging attempt to define what is often indefinable.’
    • ‘But they are utterly indefinable by way of positive definition hence my requirement of negative demarcation.’
    • ‘Ever since the ancient Greek artist Debutades traced a line around the silhouette of her lover's face, artists have been attempting to define the indefinable.’
    • ‘Being cool is one of those indefinable qualities that's almost impossible to pin down.’
    • ‘So Rose Boys had a modest political aim, as well as satisfying an obscure and perhaps indefinable personal need.’
    hard to define, hard to describe, indescribable, inexpressible, nameless
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Pronunciation

indefinable

/ɪndɪˈfʌɪnəb(ə)l/