Definitions

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  • adv. In an illimitable manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without possibility of being bounded; without limitation.

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

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • He was aware, reluctantly enough, for he hated such mystical knowledge, and would have given the world to see life as a plain round of dicing and drinking and wenching, that real love was somehow a cruel thing for women; that the hour when she became his wife would be as illimitably tragic as it would be illimitably glorious.

    The Judge

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

    October 21, 2010

  • illimitable

    il·lim·it·a·ble (-lm-t-bl)

    adj.

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

    April 10, 2009

  • "(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