Something inexplicable can't be explained. It doesn't make sense. You don't want to come to the beach on the most beautiful day of the year? That's inexplicable!

Inexplicable is made up of the prefix in, which means "not," and explicable, which comes from the Latin explicabilis, meaning "unfolded, unraveled." Do you see the double negative? If something is not unfolded, it's folded up and tangled — like something that doesn't make sense. Your school's decision to call a snow day is inexplicable, if there's barely a layer of snow on the ground.

Definitions of inexplicable
  1. adjective
    incapable of being explained or accounted for
    inexplicable errors”
    “left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons”
    synonyms: incomprehensible
    incomprehensible, uncomprehensible
    difficult to understand
    cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying
    of an obscure nature
    paradoxical, self-contradictory
    seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true
    unaccountable, unexplainable
    not to be accounted for or explained
    having the reason or cause not made clear
    admitting of no solution or explanation
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    capable of being explicated or accounted for
    comprehendible, comprehensible
    capable of being comprehended or understood
    explainable, interpretable
    capable of being understood
    susceptible of solution or of being solved or explained
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