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in·ef·fa·ble

ineffable

 
pronunciation:
In e f bl
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition: beyond description; inexpressible.
He experienced ineffable joy.
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adverb + (adj.)ineffable essentially, otherwise, truly
(adj.)ineffable + noun awe, beauty, being, century, certainty, charm, connection, contrast, dimension, embodiment, essence, experience, expression, feeling, genius, homage, initiation, intuition, joy, language, longing, love, mixture, mortise, mystery, name, nature, object, pain, paradise, pleasure, presence, quality, reader, reality, sadness, self, sense, shell, silence, smile, soul, sound, spirit, sweetness, truth, violence, word [See all][See only the most frequent]
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.