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[im-pal-puh-buh l] /ɪmˈpæl pə bəl/

not ; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible.
difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily:
impalpable distinctions.
(of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt.
imperceptible, esp to the touch: impalpable shadows
difficult to understand; abstruse

c.1500, from French impalpable, from Medieval Latin impalpabilis, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + palpabilis (see palpable). Figurative use from 1774. Related: Impalpably; impalpability.


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