indefinability


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in·de·fin·a·ble

 (ĭn′dĭ-fī′nə-bəl)
adj.
Impossible to define, describe, or analyze: indefinable yearnings.

in′de·fin′a·bil′i·ty, in′de·fin′a·ble·ness n.
in′de·fin′a·bly adv.

indefinability

(ˌɪndɪˌfaɪnəˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n
the quality of being indefinable
Translations
nedefinovatelnost
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In any event, the modern architecture of the Louvre-Lens certainly helps distance Le Brun from the king and Versailles, even if some of the wall colours may be less conducive to the paintings than others; while the deep blues, reds, and greens offer excellent backdrops, the indefinability of the sculpture gallery's grey with its hints of turquoise and baby blue proves something of a distraction.
Coleridge pointedly anticipates Moore's famed argument for the indefinability of "good"--one cannot substitute any other word for good, such as "pleasure" or "happiness," without begging the question of whether good is summed up by that word.
65) This suggests that the meaning of energeia cannot be defined because it is a basic principle of being, (66) and additionally, because of the indefinability of energeia, that the meaning of energeia must be approached via induction, that the demonstration begins with particular examples from everyday experience and then works out the terminus of explanation.
The article is based on interviews with experienced psychotherapists and traces their process of grappling with the clinical reality, yet indefinability, of the concept.
Such multiplicity and indefinability, however, are key to Mutu's aesthetic activism, as she not only "wrest[s] control from representations that threaten to obliterate one's sense of self" (63), writes Stiles, but also, through her drawings, wrests control from the regimes of art history and criticism.
Its indefinability allows for the 'home' to become a dominant ideal but also enables resistance and debate.
5) The fact, for example, that the Dominican Eckhart holds backhandedly his arm out to the Franciscan Ockham has been discussed by Leff 1967:259-260: "In both cases, the emphasis was upon God's indefinability in terms of external wisdom--ineffability for the mystic; unpredictability for the Ockhamist.
Navigating literary treatments of the sea is no easy task, especially when these treatments are directly tapped into the sea's indefinability and elusiveness.
Serious studies of Amberes still do not exist, but since coming out in 2002 most reviewers have underlined the text's utter indefinability in various ways.
In turn, Tarsky's indefinability theorem affirmed that arithmetical truth is not definable within arithmetic.
Heidegger emphasized that 'the indefinability of Being does not eliminate that question of it's meaning', rather that 'it demands that we look that question in the face' (Heidegger, 1962: pp22-23); in Heidegger's view 'Being' is everything, yet remained indefinable and obscure.