un·​cat·​e·​gor·​iz·​able | \ ˌən-ˈka-ti-gə-ˌrī-zə-bəl How to pronounce uncategorizable (audio) \

Definition of uncategorizable

: not able to be put into a defined category or class : impossible to categorize an uncategorizable performer/style

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Recent Examples on the Web In the twisty, uncategorizable Black Bear, the actor sheds any semblance of her former April Ludgate persona for her most thrillingly loose performance to date. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Every Movie We're Excited About This December," 15 Dec. 2020 As Holmberg muses, the uncategorizable quality of Tsurita’s manga may partially account for how little has been written about her. Gabrielle Bellot, The Atlantic, "The Groundbreaking Female Artist Who Shaped Manga History," 5 Aug. 2020 What ensues is one of the strangest and most influential shows ever to air on network television, uncategorizable, surreal in the truest sense of the world, and definitely not a movie. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "The best shows on Netflix right now," 28 May 2020 Balenciaga debuted a similar style on their Spring 2017 runway, even going one step further and creating a style that turned into actual seamless stiletto heels, making them completely uncategorizable, but also totally awesome. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa Wears a Red Versace Suit on The Graham Norton Show," 23 Apr. 2018 Suzanne Bocanegra, an adventurous visual artist who has been branching out into other disciplines, has been working in recent years on a series of artist lectures that are uncategorizable performance pieces. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the farmhouse next door, and unexpected connections in between," 16 Apr. 2018 Just as their look borrows from many sources — including ’50s Americana and ’80s-era hip-hop culture — their music is equally uncategorizable, moving from candyish pop to ’90s slow jams. Hilary Moss, New York Times, "Say Aloha to Tokyo’s Rising Musicians," 22 Feb. 2018 Evans nails a profile of a seemingly uncategorizable person by exploring her resistance to categories and generalizations, which makes Evans more than just a writer, but a thinker. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2017: Food Writing," 3 Oct. 2017 That's not a surprise, considering that the session musicians on Duplex include current and former members of Cheer-Accident and the similarly uncategorizable American Draft and Guzzlemug. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Sacha Mullin of Cheer-Accident celebrates a new album of avant-garde pop," 11 July 2017

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncategorizable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncategorizable. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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