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cannot / should not / must not
inconceivable (idiom); unimaginable / unfathomable
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impossible / cannot / not able
absolutely necessary / indispensable / essential
indispensable
unpredictable eventuality / unpreventable / unavoidable / impossible to overcome / nothing can be done about it / act of God / force majeure
necessary / must have
unavoidably
not a single one is dispensable / can't do without either
inextricably linked (idiom) / inseparable
nothing is impossible / there's nothing impossible about it
hard to come by / rare
act of God / force majeure (law) / irresistible (idiom)
unattainable / far-fetched / out of reach / exceedingly remote or distant
uncountable noun (in grammar of European languages)
inalienable / unalienable / inseparable / indivisible
irremediable / unmanageable / out of hand / hopeless
can be discovered but not sought (idiom) / one can only come across such things serendipitously
inestimable / incalculable / beyond measure
things that have happened can hardly be controlled / to get out of hand
too wonderful for words
hidden / kept secret / not to be divulged
nonrenewable resource
indelible
invulnerable, indestructible, impregnable
to be awfully (busy etc)
uncountable
irreversible
deep and unmeasurable (idiom); unfathomable depths / incomprehensible / enigmatic and impossible to predict
No time to lose! (idiom)
unbelievable / incredible
one's contributions cannot go unnoticed (idiom)
to be impervious to reason (idiom) / unreasonable
impassable / insurmountable / insuperable
to consider oneself unexcelled in the world / to be insufferably arrogant
agnosticism, the philosophical doctrine that some questions about the universe are in principle unanswerable
unable to restrain one's anger (idiom); in a towering rage
too high to reach (idiom); eminent and unapproachable
indescribable / beyond description
lit. mustn't speak of two things on the same day (idiom); not to be mentioned in the same breath / incomparable
neither for nor against sth / indifferent
sacred / inviolable
absolute necessity / sine qua non
inviolable / inviolability
unable to wait
incurable / incorrigible / beyond cure / hopeless
you should not covet your friend's wife (idiom)
insoluble (i.e. impossible to solve)
irrevocable letter of credit
not differentiable (function in calculus)
intolerably vulgar
unstoppable / hard to hold back
irreversible
overjoyed (idiom); as pleased as punch
opportunity knocks but once (idiom)
to be unable to carry on even for a single day / to be in a desperate situation
to be impossible to stop once started
in sight but unattainable (idiom) / inaccessible / also written 可望而不可及
impatient / eager to / anxious to
can be understood, but not described (idiom, from Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子); mysterious and subtle
countless / innumerable
inseparable
inexpressible (idiom)
you can't judge a person by appearance (idiom) / you can't judge a book by its cover / often in combination 人不可貌相海水不可斗量
Facebook (Internet slang, pun reading "you must die")
refrain from hurting others, yet guard against those trying to hurt you (proverb)
lit. family shames must not be spread abroad (idiom) / fig. don't wash your dirty linen in public
lit. the fish and the bear's paw, you can't have both at the same time (idiom, from Mencius); fig. you must choose one or the other / you can't always get everything you want / you can't have your cake and eat it
to keep going resolutely despite knowing the task is impossible (idiom)
unbearable stink / fig. notorious
lit. mysteries of heaven must not be revealed (idiom); must not be revealed / I am not at liberty to inform you.
you can't judge a person by appearance, just as you can't measure the sea with a pint pot (idiom)
if this can be tolerated, what cannot? (idiom) / enough is enough
unavoidable
having no common measure / incommensurable / incommensurate
lit. mysteries of heaven must not be revealed (idiom); must not be revealed / I am not at liberty to inform you.
innumerable (idiom)
impossibly stupid
Opportunity knocks but once. (idiom)
inexpressible (idiom) / beyond description
impossible to resist (idiom); an irresistible force
to double up with laughter (idiom)
a summer insect cannot discuss ice (idiom)
inviolability
uncountable set (math.)
impossible to get even an outline (idiom) / unfathomable / not a clue
may be done once and once only / just this once
may not
irreversible
can be understood, but not described (idiom, from Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子); mysterious and subtle
to be so thirsty as to no longer be able to tolerate it
unreliable
lit. family shames must not be spread abroad (idiom); fig. don't wash your dirty linen in public
Don't spread abroad the shame of the family, don't believe rumors lightly. (idiom) / Don't wash your dirty linen in public, don't listen to others' gossip.
in sight but unattainable (idiom) / inaccessible
impossible to put into words / inexpressible
unable to refuse because of affection

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