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ineffable

in·ef·fa·ble

ineffable

pronunciation:
In e f bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: beyond description; inexpressible.
He experienced ineffable joy.
derivations: ineffably (adv.), ineffability (n.), ineffableness (n.)
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The word ineffable contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.