unaccountably

adverb

un·​ac·​count·​ably ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇n-tə-blē How to pronounce unaccountably (audio)
1
: in an unaccountable manner
looking unaccountably upset
heat was unaccountably disappearing
2
: for reasons that are hard to understand
unaccountably, he stayed right there

Examples of unaccountably in a Sentence

She was looking unaccountably upset. Unaccountably, the problem was ignored.
Recent Examples on the Web Welding the hilarious farce of the first to a sense of fierce outrage over the second was a risk Davis pulled off beautifully, as this season’s nigh-perfect revival, unaccountably its first on Broadway, demonstrated. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, 4 Dec. 2023 At this, Christie looked unaccountably pleased with himself. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2023 To Warnock’s dismay, Acrobat was an unaccountably hard sell. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Furthermore, it’s now presented halfway through the plot and unaccountably staged, divorced from the action on a nearly bare stage as if at the climax of a Michael Ball concert. David Benedict, Variety, 26 May 2023 At the same time, Bazarov is unaccountably rude. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022 As the New York Daily News put it, in typically breathless style: Khrushy’s burly security chief, Lt. Gen. Nikolai Zakharov, 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, became unaccountably irked with the way the city police were trying to squeeze his pudgy boss through the jampacked lobby. Simon Hall, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2020 One of the first papers on JWST data came from Naidu, the MIT astronomer, and his colleagues, whose search algorithm flagged a galaxy that seemed inexplicably bright and unaccountably distant. Quanta Magazine, 20 Jan. 2023 Marvel, too, at the subtle but unaccountably powerful opening up of imaginary space generated by those slivers of dark gray between the sturdy verticals just to the left of center. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unaccountably was in 1687

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“Unaccountably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccountably. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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