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  • difficult or impossible to estimate, assess, or answer
  • very light
  • a factor that is difficult or impossible to estimate or assess
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So he accepted Empedocles elements as a kind of intermediary between this imponderable stuff and the tangible world.

We appreciate that this case raises difficult problems in sentencing, but we would say the Court should not be deterred by the difficult and imponderable nature of dealing with cases such as these.

Their superstar nuptials attract acclamation of imponderable scale, the industry falls at their feet in supplication, and the simplest family outing becomes an event of global import.

The presence of so many imponderable factors necessarily renders the process a complex and imprecise one and one which is incapable of producing anything better than an approximate result.

This is the big imponderable, and I think it’s gravely serious.

It is always something imponderable, something that lies in between things.

Some can be answered while others remain the imponderable stuff of philosophy.

Today the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will be contemplating the imponderable nature of morality in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.

Calculation of consequences is always more imponderable than deduction from principles, so the room for disagreement remains considerable.

There is the imponderable question of what will happen to the oil price, given that account must be taken of its impact not only on the domestic economy, but on the full range of trading partners.

I was struck by some conjunction of what can be repaired and yet remains virtually imponderable.

What remains imponderable is the percentage of those who will remain active and whether their activities will be directed at international targets.

What the characters are thinking and feeling and what they are doing is often as imponderable and revelatory to them as to us.

At its heart, deterrence involves all of the imponderable elements of political will and decision making.

And honor requires, from time to time, fighting to be done for imponderable and abstract reasons.

Piling pebbles upon the beach, the water laps against the sky, the low sound measuring time’s loss, the imponderable construction of a memory.

They wish that it were simple, but the balance of a successful movie is governed by imponderable universal laws and cannot be forced by formula, marketing or offering up contracts to screen gods.

Gone were the secret incantations and gothic tales of interred bodies, but the divining rod remained, now viewed as a conductor of imponderable fluids.

With these vague and imponderable concerns behind us, we may return to the main line of our story refreshed and unburdened of all such feckless speculation.

It’s a film that measures the weight of a calm hand on a nervous one, the size of a fleeting glance, a gentle touch and its role amidst the imponderable power plays of sexual vulnerability.

This expectation accounts for Powers’s interest in imponderable fluids.

With most of Japan’s private wealth held in its banks and credit unions, the consequences of a collapse of the financial system are simply imponderable.

I don’t have answers, but I do have the deep, imponderable questions that plague the world of business.

Low-browed individuals were deficient in the faculties that would enable them to feel the subtle attractions exercised by imponderable fluids on the rod.

‘Ask me in ten years’ time,’ sighs Williams, emphasising an almost imponderable nature in the question.

‘The election has thrown up some imponderables that we just have to now manage our way through but that is the will of the people of Northern Ireland and now the two governments have to get on with it,’ he said.

‘The Peddler and The Cloud’ can be a hopeful journey or a grim warning depending on the mood of the reader, and has the imponderability of a Zen koan.

Given the proximity of the interviews, there are still many imponderables that make predicting an outcome near impossible.

Apart from the weather, there are several imponderables which could effect performance at the A - 1 Ring this afternoon.

Hardly is this idea taken seriously, though; there are just too many contingencies, necessities and imponderabilities.