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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.
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Noun1.inscrutability - the quality of being impossible to investigate; "the inscrutability of the future"
incomprehensibility - the quality of being incomprehensible
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[ɪnˌskruːtəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Ninescrutabilidad f
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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.
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.
When she chose, however, her face could be sphinx-like in its inscrutability. She was very silent, hardly opening her lips, and yet in some queer way I felt that the great strength of her personality was dominating us all.
Rather giving way to despair, I choose active melancholy and have been reasonably attentive to the fascination of my people in timeless inscrutability,' Mr Ali said.
But for all his intermittent, and doubtless deliberate, inscrutability, one thing is always clear - he is a football man at heart.
It is perhaps because of her inscrutability and determination to work behind the scenes that Dr Macharia was able to draw up the first ever Collective Bargaining Agreement between the commission and the unions in 2016.
Perhaps her inscrutability can be read differently, as evidence of the couple's privacy, and of the quiet pleasures of life at Strandgade.
(21) Although from a human vantage point divine wisdom is impenetrable, wisdom as it enters the human experience nevertheless sheds partial light on the mystery of providence--light that will allow human beings to practice discernment, persist in the midst of suffering, put divine mystery and inscrutability in its proper perspective, and walk in harmony with their Creator.
Her inhuman inscrutability, power, and cruelty are explored with nuance, showing the fine, almost invisible lines between a person's greatest strengths and their personal corruption.
They too may have reached the conclusion that Mrs May's inscrutability is not some clever negotiating tactic but the genuine thing: there really is nothing going on behind the mask.
Zamora's face exudes a certain inscrutability which aids her performance greatly.