Definitions

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  • adj. Not articulable; incapable of being articulated.

Etymologies

First attested in 1825: formed as in- +‎ articulable; compare inarticulate and the slightly earlier (1824) French inarticulable. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's precisely because we can't construct an accurate articulation B, because the situation is inarticulable in purely representational language, that we model it in symbolic terms, where the true/false evaluation is kind of beside the point.

    Genius in a Bottle

  • But however much we might be writing as an attempt to figurate an otherwise inarticulable awareness of our own fucked-upness (and to thereby comprehend and control it), the full reality may be less simple.

    Genius in a Bottle

  • Given the co-existence of a variety of mutually exclusive truth-claims upon which apparently hang the salvation of millions and in the name of which people are willing to die and to kill, paradox offers a method of reading that replaces violence with the indirect and ultimately inarticulable feeling that one is in the presence of something beyond words.

    Byron and Romantic Occidentalism

  • To make sense of this the reader must understand it as symbol for the absent subject, the vicious illogic of a no-win situation so incredibly, inedibly fucked-up as to be representatively inarticulable.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Sorry to go all inarticulable Potter Stewart test on you.

    McCain Camp Denies Any Unethical Conduct

  • Because it was overwhelmingly wonderful for me, too, to the point of being pretty much inarticulable.

    And It Was Good

  • No, it was an inarticulable something to the character of Mouse in Nova that I found utterly compelling.

    Notes from New Sodom: To the Water-Fountains by Hal Duncan

  • And tone is famously inarticulable and incalculable.

    Panel 3: Clarity & Obscurity: The Uses and Misuses : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • And your word “enchantment” rings the bells: The aesthetic experience is inarticulable; or, as a really bad play-writing teacher who kicked me out the 2nd day of class used to say, “If you want to send a message, use Western Union.”

    Panel 3: Clarity & Obscurity: The Uses and Misuses : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • To unsense desire or sublimate rage is to drive the affect from awareness, render it imperceptible and thus uncontrolled, no longer an affect at all but rather the sort of unarticulated and inarticulable compulsion that drives Chimp A to reach for the bowl with more.

    The Art of Life

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