Definition of indefinable in English:



  • Not able to be defined or described exactly.

    ‘she reminds me, in some indefinable way, of my grandmother’
    • ‘In those hours I laughed so hard my face hurt, I cried, I felt happiness, sadness, empathy, anger and other indefinable emotions.’
    • ‘So Rose Boys had a modest political aim, as well as satisfying an obscure and perhaps indefinable personal need.’
    • ‘His eyes flashed just a little bit, with some vague, indefinable emotion, perhaps surprise, when he saw she was still lying in bed.’
    • ‘And undoubtedly, their mysterious, indefinable quality is the source of their disconcerting power.’
    • ‘It is a challenging attempt to define what is often indefinable.’
    • ‘The answer depended ultimately on a policy decision informed by history and indefinable concepts of nationality and nationhood.’
    • ‘He displayed that elusive, indefinable quality: he looked presidential.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In all shapes, sizes and more than anything, in those indefinable vibrant shades, butterflies seem to carry an uncanny beauty about them.’
    • ‘But they are utterly indefinable by way of positive definition hence my requirement of negative demarcation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is that indefinable something that is drawing another Afghan refugee, 70-year-old Taj Bara back to Kabul.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So perfect objectivity is not just unachievable but indefinable.’
    • ‘Being cool is one of those indefinable qualities that's almost impossible to pin down.’
    • ‘An indefinable element that catches your eye; I had no trouble spotting her in the midst of a crowd of jeans-and-tees teenagers.’
    • ‘Austrians can offer an alternative approach that does not depend on having to define or measure what is conceptually indefinable or unmeasurable.’
    • ‘Poetry is the power of defining the indefinable in terms of the unforgettable.’
    • ‘He did not know where his own mind ended and the rest of the world flooded in: the boundary was vague, indefinable.’
    • ‘Perhaps subliminally it is this which gave her performances that indefinable, electric edge which drew audiences magnetically to her and held them spellbound.’
    hard to define, hard to describe, indescribable, inexpressible, nameless
    vague, obscure
    indefinite, unanalysable, intangible, impalpable, incorporeal, elusive, fugitive
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