un·​clas·​si·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ˌkla-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unclassifiable (audio) \

Definition of unclassifiable

: unable to be classified : not classifiable unclassifiable writers like Rudyard Kipling …— George Stade … a collection of essays, magazine pieces and unclassifiable musings …— Kate Jennings

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Other Words from unclassifiable

unclassifiably \ ˌən-​ˌkla-​sə-​ˈfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unclassifiable (audio) \ adverb
unclassifiableness noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Steve McQueen's boldly unclassifiable five-part investigation into Black history couldn't compete with superheroes. Darren Franich, EW.com, 13 July 2021 But the fact that Hiddleston’s Loki registers no reaction to seeing his female self does acknowledge that the character has always known this part of his unclassifiable legacy. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 21 June 2021 Ron and Russell Mael — the brothers who have made up the eccentric, unclassifiable duo for more than 50 years — have played a pivotal, if unheralded, role in multiple musical movements, from glam rock to new wave to synth-pop. New York Times, 18 June 2021 One of the most unclassifiable groups to emerge in the era was the multiracial London quartet Skunk Anansie, whose frontwoman Skin brought a confrontational energy to her bandmates’ funky, hard-rock, occasionally avant-garde songs. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 26 Feb. 2021 And Billboard's new Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart demonstrated just how wide-ranging the genres had become, with chart-toppers from such increasingly unclassifiable artists as Juice WRLD, Billie Eilish, and indeed, Ms. Swift. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 8 Dec. 2020 Sorey, a remarkable and unclassifiable figure in contemporary American music, first established himself as an avant-garde-leaning jazz drummer and has more recently built up a compelling portfolio of works for classical ensembles. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2020 Her films were, and remain, largely unclassifiable.... David Mermelstein, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2020 Children who followed an alternate pattern were four times as likely not to be up to date on their vaccines and those who followed an unclassifiable pattern were over twice as likely not to be up to date. Dr. Edith Bracho-sanchez, CNN, 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unclassifiable

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Unclassifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclassifiable. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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