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Impalpable Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    impalpable adj
  1. incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch; "the intangible constituent of energy"- James Jeans [syn: intangible] [ant: tangible]
  2. imperceptible to the senses or the mind; "an impalpable cloud"; "impalpable shadows"; "impalpable distinctions"; "as impalpable as a dream" [ant: palpable]
  3. not perceptible to the touch; "an impalpable pulse"
Impalpable Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Impalpable \Im*pal"pa*ble\, a. [Pref. im- not + palpable: cf. F. impalpable.]
  1. Not palpable; that cannot be felt; extremely fine, so that no grit can be perceived by touch. ``Impalpable powder.'' --Boyle.
  2. Not material; intangible; incorporeal. ``Impalpable, void, and bodiless.'' --Holland.
  3. Not apprehensible, or readily apprehensible, by the mind; unreal; as, impalpable distinctions.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Impalpable'


An unobservable (also called impalpable) is an entity whose existence, nature, properties, qualities or relations are not directly observable by man. In philosophy of science typical examples of "unobservables" are atomic particles, the force of gravity, causation and beliefs or desires. However, some philosophers (ex. George Berkeley) also characterize all objects — trees, tables, other minds, microbiological things and so on to which humans ascribe as the thing causing their perception—as unobservable.

"Unobservables" is a reference similar to Immanuel Kant's distinction between noumena (things-in-themselves, i.e., raw things in their necessarily unknowable state,

The ontological nature and epistemological issues concerning unobservables is a central topic in philosophy of science. The notion that a given unobservable exists is referred to as scientific realism, in contrast to instrumentalism, the notion that unobservables such as atoms are useful models but don't necessarily exist.

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  • To Mr Robin Williams, farewell from a fan
    My earliest memory of Robin Williams: I was 8 years old. Disney’s Aladdin had just hit theaters, and like most children, I was overwhelmed by an impalpable sense of anticipation. Even as an 8-year-old boy, I was already familiar with the tale of Aladdin . ... Read more on this news related to 'Impalpable'

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