Definitions for inscrutableɪnˈskru tə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•scru•ta•ble*ɪnˈskru tə bəl(adj.)

  1. incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized.

  2. mysterious; unfathomable:

    an inscrutable smile.

* Syn: See mysterious.

Origin of inscrutable:

1400–50; late ME < LL inscrūtābilis= L in-in-3+scrūtā(ri) to examine, search +-bilis-ble


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying(adj)

    of an obscure nature

    "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"


  1. inscrutable(Noun)

    One who or that which is inscrutable; a person, etc. that cannot be comprehended.

  2. inscrutable(Adjective)

    Difficult or impossible to comprehend, fathom or interpret.

    His inscrutable theories would years later become the foundation of a whole new science.

  3. Origin: From the inscrutabilis, from in- + scrutare, corresponding to

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inscrutable(adj)

    unsearchable; incapable of being searched into and understood by inquiry or study; impossible or difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible; as, an inscrutable design or event

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