from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not conveying the meaning intended or the emotion felt.
  • adj. Obsolete Inexpressible.

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  • adj. Not expressive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not expressive; not having the power of utterance; inexpressive.
  • adj. Incapable of being expressed; inexpressible; unutterable; ineffable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not expressive; deficient in expression.
  • Not to be expressed; inexpressible; unutterable; ineffable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deliberately impassive in manner


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  • Dressed simply in a plain black suit, but with large diamonds on both hands, and a heavy gold watch chain running across his breast, his belt filled with cartridges and an automatic pistol slung at either hip, Zapata turned toward me the unexpressive face of an Indian of about 50 years of age, relieved by remarkably penetrating eyes.

    The Zapata interview

  • Trott is a taciturn figure at times and an unexpressive batsman, his moments of self-expression usually restricted to that delightfully forceful whip off his hips and occasional eruptions on reaching a significant milestone.

    England's Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook hit sixes at ICC awards

  • Larcombe was lean and sinewy, with a cool, unexpressive face.


  • Docile, controllable and unexpressive people are the product of communism. (real conservative)

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  • In other words, they will have failed if they make a Riesling that is lovely and yet unexpressive of its place.

    How Tierce Riesling Gets Made: Inside the Winemaker's Lab

  • She was a plain woman with a large unexpressive face and dull eyes.

    Twin Moons

  • The cardinal flaw of Howard Jones, to me, was always his thin, reedy, unexpressive, whingy nonsinging.

    that's me in the corner

  • Like Greta Van Suseren, the lips are so tight and unexpressive trying to read them is like lipreading a Clutch Cargo cartoon.

    "As was the case with Chavez's tendentious present, Ortega's speech was intended as a slap."

  • It's one thing to make a protagonist especially of the "seasoned professional" variety emotionally reserved, controlled, flat, or otherwise unexpressive, but Chapter and Verse actually radiate a "been there, done that" kind of boredom.

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  • Portraiture is a recurring concern of the artist in his photographically derived paintings, and the show demonstrates how his technique of blurring -- by dragging a dry brush across the still-wet paint surface -- has stayed constant, while his desire to make his images inscrutable, and unexpressive, has evolved.

    Hidden Treasures Shine a New Light on the Black Death


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