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What It Means
Inscrutable means “not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood.” It often describes what is mysterious or difficult to comprehend.
Example: The famously reclusive author remains an inscrutable figure even after the publication of some of her personal correspondence.
Definition of inscrutable
: not readily investigated, interpreted, or understoos: MYSTERIOUS
- an inscrutable smile
- inscrutable motives
Other Words from inscrutable
Synonyms for inscrutable
- enigmatic (also enigmatical),
INSCRUTABLE in Context
“Rosters were reconstructed by enlisting former NHLers, players from the KHL and other leagues in Europe and from the college ranks and major-junior level. There is enough of a mixture of guys who are a bit past their prime and others who are relatively unknown or waiting to be discovered to make the outcome more inscrutable than usual.” — Marty Klinkenberg.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), 5 Feb. 2022
Did You Know?
Scrutinizing the inscrutable may be futile: even close scrutiny can fail to decipher it. Scrutinizing the scrutable, on the other hand, is likely to yield some understanding.
All of these scrut- words have the same Latin root: scrutari, meaning “to search or examine.” While scrutiny, scrutinze, and inscrutable all prove themselves useful in everyday discourse, English speakers don’t tend to call much on scrutable, which functions as a synonym of comprehensible.
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