un·​an·​swer·​able | \ ˌən-ˈan(t)s-rə-bəl, -ˈan(t)-sə- How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) \

Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered also : irrefutable

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unanswerability \ ˌən-​ˌan(t)s-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , -​ˌan(t)-​sə-​ How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) \ noun
unanswerably \ ˌən-​ˈan(t)s-​rə-​blē , -​ˈan(t)-​sə-​ How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unanswerable in a Sentence

the unanswerable assertion that she didn't know much about art but she knew what she liked
Recent Examples on the Web That question is, of course, both absolutely critical to the future of the Republican Party (and the country) and utterly unanswerable at the moment. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Will Donald Trump run again?," 5 May 2021 Mexicans have responded by scratching names, prayers, and unanswerable questions onto the standing pages. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "How Will We Remember This?," 15 Mar. 2021 For some, the question of why a person would need to be incentivized to accept a vaccine that has the potential to save lives is both baffling and unanswerable. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "Free food? Free weed? Cash? What would it take for you to get the COVID vaccine?," 25 Feb. 2021 For Friedländer, there was a measure of solace in setting aside the exigencies of the historical record to explore some of literature’s great unanswerable questions. Andrew Martin, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 24 Nov. 2020 That will depend on the simple but unanswerable question of when people will be ready to fly again. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Another huge round of airline losses is coming," 12 Oct. 2020 The Koran is an unanswerable authority, and its verdict on infidels is to be carried out ruthlessly, without regard for the humanity of members of an enemy faith. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Postmodernist American Writers and 9/11," 10 Sep. 2020 This last question was unanswerable for the moment, and those opposed to the referendum argue that that is precisely the danger. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "Chile at the Barricades," 5 Oct. 2020 Those are just some of the many unanswerable questions that put the Tigers at crossroads. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers now at crossroads after some bright spots in 2020: 'Rebuild is almost over'," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unanswerable

1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Unanswerable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanswerable. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered
: impossible to prove wrong

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