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inscrutable adj : of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutible 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" [syn: cryptic, cryptical, deep, mysterious, mystifying]

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From the inscrutabilis from in- + scrutare


  • /ˌInˈskruːtəbl/, /%In"skru:t@bl/


  1. difficult or impossible to comprehend, fathom or interpret
    His inscrutable theories would years later become the foundation of a whole new science.
    • 2007, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), 30 Rock:
      She called my vanity license plate inscrutable! 'ICU81MI'? Hilarious!

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