un·​cat·​e·​gor·​iz·​able ˌən-ˈka-ti-gə-ˌrī-zə-bəl How to pronounce uncategorizable (audio)
: not able to be put into a defined category or class : impossible to categorize
an uncategorizable performer/style

Examples of uncategorizable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rest, whether swingy or Schuberty or uncategorizable, are by Kander alone. Jesse Green, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2023 The strife and hustle of the Parisian suburbs have been portrayed onscreen before — never, though, through the eyes of a protagonist as uncategorizable as the one in Lola Quivoron’s exhilarating genre mashup. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 The French writer Nathalie Léger, whose work in translation Rudick reviewed earlier this year, is exemplary of that unusual, experimental sensibility; in Léger’s uncategorizable, semi-biographical writings on female artists, details of her own mother’s traumatic 1974 divorce surface. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, 11 Dec. 2021 My should-win pick keeps the trend of uncategorizable albums going, though, with the latest from visionary jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper. Vulture, 31 Jan. 2023 But when Baumbach was trying to puzzle out how to end the utterly uncategorizable film, the image of an exuberant closing dance number set in the aisles of a supermarket popped into his mind. Josh Rottenbergstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 As a Black woman and a writer, Butler demolished walls that seemed impermeable, writing on themes that seemed uncategorizable. Lynell George, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Why are we drawn to such uncategorizable sounds, the noises that deliver limited-to-no-information yet elicit our adoration? New York Times, 17 Aug. 2022 The strife and hustle of Paris’ suburbs have been portrayed before, but never through the eyes of such an uncategorizable protagonist. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncategorizable was in 1960

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“Uncategorizable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncategorizable. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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