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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNGRASPABLE

It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.

Since then he has cultivated only that ungraspable forelock.

He had no real knowledge of the subject, and I had none of any kind, which made its ungraspable facts all the more thrilling.

There were times when the ungraspable idea came before her that Juliet was herself.

Everything was elusive, ungraspable, evasive—he seemed to get no further forward.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "to reach for, feel around," possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen "to grasp," Middle Dutch grapen "to seize, grasp," Old English grapian "to touch, feel, grope"), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.

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