impalpable

Impalpable describes a feeling that, though real, you can’t logically explain. If you don't know why you love peanut butter and banana sandwiches so much, maybe your reasons are impalpable.

If you’ve ever used the words “I can’t quite put my finger on it” to describe something that you have observed but can't really explain, then you already have a good idea of what impalpable means. Impalpable traces back to the Latin word palpabilis, meaning “that may be touched or felt.” Combine that with the prefix im-, and the word gets its meaning of something that can’t be perceived by normal senses.

Definitions of impalpable
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adj not perceptible to the touch

“an impalpable pulse”
Synonyms:
imperceptible, unperceivable
impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses

adj incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch

Synonyms:
intangible
abstract
existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
Antonyms:
tangible, touchable
perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
concrete
capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary
tactile, tactual
producing a sensation of touch
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adj imperceptible to the senses or the mind

“an impalpable cloud”
impalpable shadows”
impalpable distinctions”
“as impalpable as a dream”
Synonyms:
elusive, subtle
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
imperceptible, unperceivable
impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
Antonyms:
palpable, tangible
capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt
perceptible
easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind
perceptible
capable of being perceived by the mind or senses
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