That which is particular to an experience, and cannot be communicated. It is sometimes thought that the precise feels of particular qualia of experience are ineffable. The other examples of philosophical interest are the states of mind achieved in mystical ecstasy, which are often felt to be especially revelatory of the true nature of the world, but also incommunicable. However the notion of an incommunicable content is commonly regarded with grave suspicion, on the grounds that genuine content involves the recognition of something; that this requires the application of rules; but rules must be public and communicable. See also private language argument, rule-following considerations.

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  • INEFFABLE — «Ce dont on ne peut parler, soutenait Wittgenstein, il faut le taire»; car l’inexprimable, le mystique, se montre et ne se dit pas. Un indicible dont il n’y aurait ni ostension ni expression ne serait pas seulement ineffable, il serait inexistant …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ineffable — In*ef fa*ble, a. [L. ineffabilis: cf. F. ineffable. See {In } not, and {Effable}, {Fame}.] Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable; as, the ineffable joys of heaven. [1913 Webster] Contentment with our lot …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ineffable — INEFFABLE. adj. de tout genre. Que les hommes ne peuvent exprimer par aucunes paroles. Il se dit de Dieu, de ses attributs, & des mysteres de la Religion. La grandeur ineffable de Dieu. son nom ineffable. le mystere ineffable de l Incarnation …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • ineffable — [in ef′ə bəl] adj. [ME < MFr < L ineffabilis < in , not + effabilis, utterable < effari, to speak out < ex , out + fari, to speak: see FAME] 1. too overwhelming to be expressed or described in words; inexpressible [ineffable… …   English World dictionary

  • ineffable — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. ineffable (14c.) or directly from L. ineffabilis unutterable, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + effabilis speakable, from effari utter, from ex out (see EX (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • ineffable — I adjective amazing, astounding, awe inspiring, awesome, beyond expression, fearful, great, impossible to describe, impossible to express, incommunicable, inconceivable, incredibilis, indefinable, indescribable, inexpressible, infandus, marvelous …   Law dictionary

  • ineffable — *unutterable, inexpressible, unspeakable, indescribable, indefinable Analogous words: *celestial, heavenly, empyrean, empyreal: ethereal (see AIRY): spiritual, divine, *holy, sacred: transcendent, transcendental, ideal, *abstract Contrasted words …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ineffable — [adj] too great for words beyond words, celestial, divine, empyreal, empyrean, ethereal, heavenly, holy, ideal, impossible, incommunicable, incredible, indefinable, indescribable, inexpressible, nameless, sacred, spiritual, too sacred for words* …   New thesaurus

  • ineffable — Ineffable, Ineffabilis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • ineffable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) too great or extreme to be expressed in words. 2) too sacred to be uttered. DERIVATIVES ineffability noun ineffably adverb ORIGIN Latin ineffabilis, from in not + effari utter …   English terms dictionary

  • ineffable — (i nè fa bl ) adj. 1°   Qui ne peut être exprimé par des paroles. •   Tressaillir d une joie ineffable et pleine de gloire, SACI Bible, St Pierre, 1re ép. I, 8. •   Pendant que le pauvre à ta table Goûtera de la paix la douceur ineffable, RAC.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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