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

Other Words from unclassifiable

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

Examples of unclassifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Empirical, which makes largely unclassifiable but unmitigatedly delicious spirits. Bon Appétit, 3 May 2022 The unclassifiable artist developed in his last decades a method of painting in which tiny changes accumulated to strange new effect. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 27 May 2022 The big-screen acting career of Bruce Willis is at once archetypal and unclassifiable. NBC News, 30 Mar. 2022 O’Connor wasn’t vilified simply for being erratic or unclassifiable, though that surely didn’t help. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2022 Part of that alchemy comes from Winfrey’s strange, unclassifiable celebrity. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 In other words, Centaurworld remains wonderfully unclassifiable. Jenna Scherer, Rolling Stone, 7 Dec. 2021 For a novelist on the rise, this unclassifiable book could be viewed as a risky career move. Mark Haskell Smith, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 In 1965, a new, unclassifiable kind of rock music began bubbling up in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 28 Sep. 2022.

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