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 unclassifiably (audio) \ adverb
unclassifiableness noun

Examples of unclassifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Pediatrician: Several vaccines at once might be too much for parents, but kids are just fine," 21 Feb. 2020 Another 14% followed an unknown or unclassifiable schedule that did not follow a pattern and was not in line with national recommendations. Dr. Edith Bracho-sanchez, CNN, "Pediatrician: Several vaccines at once might be too much for parents, but kids are just fine," 21 Feb. 2020 Somehow taking place simultaneously both in 1992 and the present day, the confrontationally unclassifiable Spanish-Swiss co-production blurs lines between documentary and fiction categories, and also deploys some arresting stylistic devices. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Year of the Discovery' ('El ano del descubrimiento'): Film Review | Rotterdam 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 Their early sound can bring to mind similarly twitchy and unclassifiable acts like Sparks, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, or even Roxy Music. John Adamian, courant.com, "The Tubes, known for ‘She’s A Beauty,’ playing Hartford," 6 Dec. 2019 Mike Watt will forever be known as one third of the legendary unclassifiable — but, OK, let’s call them So-Cal American econo-punks — the Minutemen. John Adamian, courant.com, "Space Ballroom hosting Mike Watt & the Missingmen," 4 Oct. 2019 On Sunday morning, March 23, Mussolini addressed a group of perhaps 120 men and several women: dispirited socialists, ex-soldiers, futurists, anarchists, and other unclassifiable revolutionaries. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019 For the record, Louisville is meeting federal standards for particulates, even though EPA considers the area unclassifiable due to past monitoring issues. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Doctors give Louisville a sobering prognosis: 46 more people die a year due to bad air," 12 Feb. 2018

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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