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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For some inexplicable reason her spirits seemed to plummet earthwards.
▪ For some inexplicable reason, the organization has not told the truth about its players' health.
▪ For an inexplicable reason the low, billowy Donyo hills seemed to rise and to touch the sky.
▪ For some inexplicable reason there seems to be a connection between weighing-in time and bingeing.
▪ He had wanted to tell his father, but for some inexplicable reason, felt shy and slightly ashamed.
▪ For some inexplicable reason her mind went completely blank.
▪ For some inexplicable reason, some rooms of the mansion will suddenly turn very cold.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Inexplicable \In*ex"pli*ca*ble\, a. [L. inexplicabilis: cf. F. inexplicable. See In- not, and Explicable.] Not explicable; not explainable; incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for; as, an inexplicable mystery. ``An inexplicable scratching.''

Their reason is disturbed; their views become vast and perplexed, to others inexplicable, to themselves uncertain.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Middle French inexplicable or directly from Latin inexplicabilis "that cannot be unfolded or disentangled, very intricate," figuratively, "inexplicable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + explicabilis "that may be explained" (see explicable). Related: Inexplicably.


a. Impossible to explain; not easily accounted for.


adj. incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons" [syn: incomprehensible] [ant: explicable]

Usage examples of "inexplicable".

There is recorded an inexplicable case of menstruation from the region of the sternum, and among the curious anomalies of menstruation must be mentioned that reported by Parvin seen in a woman, who, at the menstrual epoch, suffered hemoptysis and oozing of blood from the lips and tongue.

There was an added thrill in the fact that it came from the remote town of Binger, in Caddo County, a place I had long known as the scene of a very terrible and partly inexplicable occurrence connected with the snake-god myth.

A love like that of Cherubin, had flung him at the feet of a person who was a great and grand thing to him before he thought of her as a woman, and it had survived the repeated and inexplicable refusals of Felicite.

This key unlocks them all, and the efforts of this principle to establish itself, and to overthrow its opponents, explain events otherwise inexplicable, and show us in the clearest possible manner what are and what are not the great opposing forces that have since been at feud.

Two previous investigators have been killed in inexplicable but unquestionable accidents, and Dasein himself escapes death on several occasions.

Beyond the inexplicable flushes and physical sensations when he was near her, he felt an affinity with her.

But the seconds of inexplicable survival stretched on into minutes while Hoveler kept trying very cleverly and subtly to inflict damage, controlled but irreversible, upon the thinking hardware.

From that moment all Limoges rang with this inexplicable affair, --inexplicable because no one knew the secret of it, namely, the immensity of the dowry.

Its malformed shoulders, arms, and hips, all burdened with strange excrescences of useless bone, worked laboriously, although I had the feeling that they would have driven the beast forward with inexplicable grace and speed if it had not been wounded and weakened.

Instantly she is replaced on the jumbo tube by Marilyn Manson, a flamboyant metalhead whose plangent ode to masochism puts an inexplicable bounce in my step.

Something in it has a Mormonite aspect to an observer, and perhaps the existence of this cast of mind may assist in explaining the inexplicable growth of that strange religion.

This looks to me like a nonlocal telepathic connection - inexplicable, but real.

The principal feature of mysticism was of course its subjective character, whose nonrational and even inexplicable tendencies were towards the singular, the individual, the momentary experience of participation in the Divine.

On this view of the origin of nyctitropism we can understand how it is that a few plants, widely distributed throughout the Vascular series, have been able to acquire the habit of placing the blades of their leaves vertically at night, that is, of sleeping,--a fact otherwise inexplicable.

I myself will ascend to Olympos where once we ruled and drag this empty thing down to hell, even as a vulture and a snake outspent drop, twisted in inexplicable fight.