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  • adj. Not capable of being split.


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un- +‎ splittable


  • The unsplittable infinitive is a relic, a hangover from the days when Latin – whose infinitives are comprised of1 only one word and literally2 could not be split – was regarded as the perfect language.

    Lucy Mangan: All style and substance

  • Mulga wood is easily worked when green, but seasons into unsplittable toughness, so is by far the most important material for making implements: spear blades, boomerangs, shields, digging sticks, adzes, fighting clubs, spears and sacred tjuringas.


  • Further, if atoms really are conceptually indivisible, and not just physically unsplittable, then when two atoms pass by each other it is impossible that they should at any time be only partway past, for this would imply a point partway along the length of the atom, which contradicts the premise that it is a minimum.


  • It's important you understand how wondrously happy and unsplittable they are right now, because we don't want to be the kind of gossip column that spreads false rumors.

    Portland Mercury

  • (In Latin, the infinitive form of a verb is unsplittable, because it's a single word.)

    Visual Thesaurus : Online Edition

  • The interdiction is meaningless for English grammar (or style), having been carried over from Latin, where a preposition must accompany the word it is connected with syntactically and semantically; like the caveat concerning split infinitives, which cannot be split in Latin because, as in most other Indo-European languages, they are single words, unsplittable nuclei, unlike the atom,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 4


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