un·​ac·​count·​ably | \ ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇n-tə-blē How to pronounce unaccountably (audio) \

Definition of unaccountably

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 Last month Swiss authorities auctioned off $27m-worth of sports cars seized from Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the unaccountably wealthy son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, a tiny oil-rich dictatorship. The Economist, "How to hide a billion dollars," 10 Oct. 2019 But then the husband, an unaccountably stubble-faced corporate attorney, shows up one day at his firm, and his boss is popping bottles to toast his kid’s acceptance to Princeton. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "A Lifetime Movie Nails the College-Admissions Scandal," 10 Oct. 2019 This guy can’t decide whether to be interesting or not—like someone who is mostly late but every once in a while, unaccountably, on time. Leslie Jamison, Harper's magazine, "Baggage Claims," 19 Aug. 2019 Billy Rancher was many things: charming, funny, at times unaccountably distant. oregonlive.com, "Billy Rancher and the Unreal Gods, ‘kings of downtown Portland,’ streaked toward 1980s rock stardom -- until tragedy struck," 8 Aug. 2019 Screening-room attendees who scoffed at Ma’s illogic (her house unaccountably filled with spooky African masks) had already fallen for the absurdities of Us and Get Out. Armond White, National Review, "Ma’s Black-Mammy Stereotypes Capture the Illiberal Spirit," 7 June 2019 That tube eventually comes in three sizes: large, extra-large and extra-extra-large; the first run, in small, medium and large, unaccountably saw some astronauts fitted with the wrong size. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 Extreme thrift—soon to be an Olympic sport!—has proven almost unaccountably rewarding. Redbook, "3 Women Who've Learned to Be Happy Living on Less Money," 24 Nov. 2011 After a few unpleasant incidents — a few years ago, for instance, someone unaccountably stole the F1, F2, F3 and Y keys — there was talk about moving the monument to a different city. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Move Over, Lenin: Make Room for the Computer Keyboard," 3 July 2018

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1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unaccountably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccountably. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unaccountably

formal : in a way that is difficult to explain or understand : for reasons that are hard to understand

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