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The dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) recognizes three meanings of the term imponderable . In the first two meanings, the concept is used as an adjective to qualify what cannot be weighed or what exceeds any type of weighting .

In the field of physics, it was formerly believed that there was an invisible fluid that filled the space and that, when vibrating, transmitted heat, light and other forms of energy. According to this hypothesis, said fluid - baptized as ether - was imponderable (there was no way to weigh or quantify it).

The most common use of the notion, however, is linked to what cannot be foreseen or whose effects they turn out impossible to calculate . The imponderable, in this framework, is unpredictable .

For example: "Unless some imponderable happens, this weekend we will go to rest in a cabin in the mountains", "The coach has already defined who will be the players who will go to the court in the debut of the selected one in the World Cup, although there can always be an imponderable that forces to modify the plans", "The closure of the company was imponderable since there was no alarm signal".

Suppose a family He prepares to go on vacation. The group already has the tickets to fly from their city of residence to a tourist destination abroad. While these people are at the airport waiting for take-off time, airport terminal workers suddenly they go on strike and they refuse to carry out the procedures so that passengers can board. He unemployment It was decreed suddenly, without any warning. Therefore, for the family in question it is an imponderable that, at least momentarily, prevents him from traveling.

The term imponderable It is not very common in everyday speech, and for this reason it can be very useful to refer to its synonyms to understand more fully its meaning and nuances. In this particular case, we can find two large groups, which are presented below: on the one hand they are invaluable, immeasurable, unbeatable, priceless and insuperable; on the other, we have Random, unpredictable, contingencies, contingencies and risks. With respect to antonyms, the most common of them is forecast.

At first glance, in the second list of synonyms we can notice a very particular detail: there are several nouns, instead of adjectives. Far from being an error, this peculiarity responds to the fact that the term itself imponderable it can act as an adjective (when we use it to describe those things that we cannot weigh or exceed any weighting) or as a noun (in cases where it denotes a situation that is impossible to predict or has consequences invaluable).

If we look again at two of the examples set out in the preceding paragraphs, we may notice cases in which the term is used with its function noun: when talking about the World Cup and the definition of the squad, it will only change if it arises an imponderable; in the situation of the family that cannot travel because of an imponderable, more precisely the sudden strike by airport workers.

The relationship between the two main meanings of this word may seem difficult to establish at first; However, if we think that something that cannot be weighed is also invisible or at least imperceptible to the human being, we can conclude that in the same way it will be impossible to foresee. That said, it is understandable that there are not many antonyms, since in general things that are not imponderable are simply "normal ".

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