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.

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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 Superheroes are always unaccountably dodging bullets and getting to the bomb in the nick of time; the greatest superpower of all is being the protagonist and having the writers on your side. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 But when Lehman Brothers, a firm about 50% larger than Bear, began to totter six months later, the Treasury unaccountably reversed its policy. Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "The Treasury Still Needs to Bid Adios to OLA," 4 Mar. 2018 To behold those lines for the first time was to see language unaccountably capturing emotions in a way unfamiliar in recent American prose. Rick Moody, New York Times, "Denis Johnson’s Death-Infused Last Stories," 25 Jan. 2018 One player reported that his supply of pills had, unaccountably, dwindled. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "The Power, Promise and Pitfalls of Adderall Are Well Known at One Fabled Tennis Program," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of unaccountably

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unaccountably was in 1687

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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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