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inconceivable (idiom); unimaginable / unfathomable
HSK 6
cannot / should not / must not
absolutely necessary / indispensable / essential
may not
impossible / cannot / not able
necessary / must have
unattainable / far-fetched / out of reach / exceedingly remote or distant
not a single one is dispensable / can't do without either
deep and unmeasurable (idiom); unfathomable depths / incomprehensible / enigmatic and impossible to predict
inextricably linked (idiom) / inseparable
one's contributions cannot go unnoticed (idiom)
once it gets started there's no stopping it
hard to come by / rare
to consider oneself unexcelled in the world / to be insufferably arrogant
to be awfully (busy etc)
unable to restrain one's anger (idiom); in a towering rage
unreliable
inalienable / unalienable / inseparable / indivisible
irreversible
invulnerable, indestructible, impregnable
hidden / kept secret / not to be divulged
No time to lose! (idiom)
inestimable / incalculable / beyond measure
unable to wait
indelible
to be impervious to reason (idiom) / unreasonable
too high to reach (idiom); eminent and unapproachable
too wonderful for words
overjoyed (idiom); as pleased as punch
irremediable / unmanageable / out of hand / hopeless
unable to refuse because of affection
can be discovered but not sought (idiom) / one can only come across such things serendipitously
inseparable
impassable / insurmountable / insuperable
indescribable / beyond description
impatient / eager to / anxious to
countless / innumerable
act of God / force majeure (law) / irresistible (idiom)
irreversible
impossibly stupid
insoluble (i.e. impossible to solve)
incurable / incorrigible / beyond cure / hopeless
inexpressible (idiom)
unstoppable / hard to hold back
in sight but unattainable (idiom) / inaccessible
unbelievable / incredible
intolerably vulgar
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.
uncountable
lit. family shames must not be spread abroad (idiom) / fig. don't wash your dirty linen in public
neither for nor against sth / indifferent
refrain from hurting others, yet guard against those trying to hurt you (proverb)
opportunity knocks but once (idiom)
in sight but unattainable (idiom) / inaccessible / also written 可望而不可及
irreversible
indispensable
to double up with laughter (idiom)
uncountable noun (in grammar of European languages)
inviolable / inviolability
Opportunity knocks but once. (idiom)
impossible to resist (idiom); an irresistible force
nonrenewable resource
sacred / inviolable
can be understood, but not described (idiom, from Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子); mysterious and subtle
inexpressible (idiom) / beyond description
Facebook (Internet slang, pun reading "you must die")
to be unable to carry on even for a single day / to be in a desperate situation
to laugh irrepressibly
a summer insect cannot discuss ice (idiom)
to keep going resolutely despite knowing the task is impossible (idiom)
lit. mysteries of heaven must not be revealed (idiom); must not be revealed / I am not at liberty to inform you.
uncountable set (math.)
innumerable (idiom)
unpredictable eventuality / unpreventable / unavoidable / impossible to overcome / nothing can be done about it / act of God / force majeure
to be impossible to stop once started
unavoidably
not differentiable (function in calculus)
irrevocable letter of credit
inviolability
lit. family shames must not be spread abroad (idiom); fig. don't wash your dirty linen in public
can be understood, but not described (idiom, from Zhuangzi 莊子|庄子); mysterious and subtle
absolute necessity / sine qua non
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.
impossible to put into words / inexpressible
nothing is impossible / there's nothing impossible about it
unavoidable
agnosticism, the philosophical doctrine that some questions about the universe are in principle unanswerable
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
you should not covet your friend's wife (idiom)
if this can be tolerated, what cannot? (idiom) / enough is enough
lit. mustn't speak of two things on the same day (idiom); not to be mentioned in the same breath / incomparable
impossible to get even an outline (idiom) / unfathomable / not a clue
having no common measure / incommensurable / incommensurate
you can't judge a person by appearance, just as you can't measure the sea with a pint pot (idiom)
may be done once and once only / just this once
to be so thirsty as to no longer be able to tolerate it

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