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

Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered also : irrefutable

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Other Words from unanswerable

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

Examples of unanswerable in a Sentence

the unanswerable assertion that she didn't know much about art but she knew what she liked

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Chantal Delsol's Icarus Fallen asks us to confront the unanswerable in our search for meaning and virtue. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 June 2019 Big groups, big brains, big appetites At this point, the conversation revolves around correlations—between brains, social groups, and environmental factors—which leaves certain questions frustratingly unanswerable. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "The evolutionary mystery of gigantic human brains," 23 Aug. 2018 And there is another unanswerable question on their minds: Was there something — anything — the school could have or should have done differently that might have altered what happened that day and prevent it from ever happening again? Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 Each unanswerable question was followed by another. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "Decoding your baby's DNA: It can be done. But should it be?," 22 Apr. 2018 Those young adults and teenagers, even middle schoolers, from Madison who killed themselves in the past few years have left behind unanswerable questions. Author: Juliet Macur, Anchorage Daily News, "Suicides, drug addiction and high school football," 9 Mar. 2018 The students asked a lot of questions, some of them unanswerable. Sun Sentinel Staff Reports, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida school shooting: The latest," 21 Feb. 2018 Probably not, and will there ever be a concrete answer to the seemingly unanswerable question of Ronaldo or Messi? SI.com, "Who Comes Out on Top in a Messi vs Ronaldo XI on PES 2018," 10 Feb. 2018 These and other unanswerable questions are broached in this sparse yet diverting show. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Egyptian death-mask portraits bring their subjects back to life after 2,000 years," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unanswerable

1613, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered
: impossible to prove wrong

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