Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to inscrutability: inscrutably


Difficult to understand or interpret; impenetrable: "that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence ... out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin īnscrūtābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + scrūtārī, to scrutinize; see scrutiny.]

in·scru′ta·bil′i·ty n.
in·scru′ta·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inscrutability - the quality of being impossible to investigate; "the inscrutability of the future"
incomprehensibility - the quality of being incomprehensible


[ɪnˌskruːtəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Ninescrutabilidad f


References in classic literature ?
The smooth manner of the spy, curiously in dissonance with his ostentatiously rough dress, and probably with his usual demeanour, received such a check from the inscrutability of Carton,--who was a mystery to wiser and honester men than he,--that it faltered here and failed him.
Secure, however, in the inscrutability of my place of concealment, I felt no embarrassment whatever.
Daughtry dismissed the matter from his thoughts as no more than a thing in keeping with the general inscrutability of the Chinese mind.
When she chose, however, her face could be sphinx-like in its inscrutability.
The US Federal Reserve has abandoned the inscrutability of the Greenspan era entirely, with a remarkably explicit policy statement and set of speeches about the intention to raise rates.
It's a frustrating approach, because when Obrist forgets his role as an international man of inscrutability and gets round to the specifics of his subject's work, his questioning pays dividends.
While the inscrutability of the Gulf rulers makes independent assessment of the power balance between different factions difficult, rumblings of policy difference have been observed by various foreign governments that interact frequently with their Gulf counterparts.
Brands demythologizes Reagan, which, given the man's inscrutability, is no small feat, and at the same time he makes Reagan's political strengths abundantly clear.
As an institution, the Corps is infamous in some circles for its inscrutability, its detestation of the media, its arrogance, and its refusal to divulge information that it does not consider in its own best interest.
Lenzi, Ludlul Bel Nemeqi: The Standard Babylonian Poem of the Righteous Sufferer [Helsinki, 2010]), of divine inscrutability and wrath, innate and inadvertent sin, and even the visitation of sins of the father (and grandfather, mother, grandmother, sister, brother, or other relative) on the suppliant.
Lee Braver's new book, Heidegger: Thinking of Being in Polity Press's "Key Contemporary Thinkers Series," offers a much needed corrective to this penchant for inscrutability and the recondite within Heidegger studies.
Then Fitzgerald loses the reader with passages that amount to inscrutability or even non-sense.