Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without possibility of being bounded; without limitation.

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  • adverb In an illimitable manner.

Etymologies

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illimitable +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Against this backdrop, slang is the humanizer, what Walt Whitman called "an attempt of common humanity to escape from bald literalism, and express itself illimitably."

    Omer Rosen: Footnoting David Foster Wallace: Part 1

  • Against this backdrop, slang is the humanizer, what Walt Whitman called "an attempt of common humanity to escape from bald literalism, and express itself illimitably."

    Omer Rosen: Footnoting David Foster Wallace: Part 1

  • Coleman Young, Dinkins, even Mugabe were met with a burst of joy and awakening, and the feeling that things were irrevocably different and illimitably better.

    What would someone have to say on "Meet the Press" to prompt a follow-up question from David Gregory?

  • It leaves me illimitably sad to reflect that I have had, on balance, a better life than Elvis.

    What? Female narcissism?! It can't be!

  • Although their sheer numbers are still growing, they are not the illimitably expanding force that teens appeared to be 20 years ago.

    A Much Riskier Passage

  • Though refusing, from conscientious scruples, to bear arms against land invaders, yet himself had illimitably invaded the Atlantic and Pacific; and though a sworn foe to human bloodshed, yet had he in his straight-bodied coat, spilled tuns upon tuns of leviathan gore.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • That fact must still be faced, and the absence of any word from Brett this morning increased illimitably the sense of strain under which she was labouring.

    The Vision of Desire

  • Still can I see the hot, bright sky, the sea illimitably sparkling, as they showed

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 27, June, 1873

  • To find the just word for all our emotions, to realise that our most trivial thought is illimitably creative, to feel that it is our lot to keep life's gladdest promises, to see the great souls of men and women, steadfast in existence as stars in a windless pool -- these, indeed, are no ordinary pleasures.

    The Ghost Ship

  • Then, realising that any movement of hers might distract his attention and so add illimitably to his danger, she forced herself by an almost superhuman effort to remain where she was.

    The Vision of Desire

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  • "(i who have died am alive again today,

    and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth

    day of life and love and wings:and of the gay

    great happening illimitably earth)" -ee cummings, in "i thank you god for this amazing/day..."

    April 10, 2009

  • illimitable

    il·lim·it·a·ble (-lm-t-bl)

    adj.

    Impossible to limit or circumscribe; limitless. See Synonyms at infinite.

    April 10, 2009

  • Somehow this word portrays the yearning depth of its definition far better than its synonyms.

    October 21, 2010