un·​ex·​plain·​able ˌən-ik-ˈsplā-nə-bəl How to pronounce unexplainable (audio)
: incapable of being explained : inexplicable, unaccountable
a seemingly unexplainable occurrence
unexplainable behavior
unexplainably adverb

Examples of unexplainable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Relief pitcher, starting pitcher, reliever again, part-time starter Nick Martinez attempted to explain the unexplainable. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2023 There’s no way to explain or justify how knuckle-dragging low the San Diego State football program feels after an unfathomable, unexplainable 6-0 loss to Nevada on Saturday. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Oct. 2023 Celebs Who Have Had Actual Ghost Encounters According to Chacon, belief in unexplainable phenomena is on the rise. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 14 Oct. 2023 These myths and legends are often used to explain the unexplainable in Latin American communities. Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Advertisement Books Los Angeles is refracted in all its irreducible, unexplainable glory in ‘Dear Los Angeles’ Nov. 30, 2018 That said, this collection — at least chronologically — comes second. David Kipen, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 For example, that could include objects that flicker or are surprisingly bright at some wavelength, or ones that move unusually fast or orbit in an unexplainable path. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 These same people, Loeb claims, refuse to consider anomalies like unexplainable interstellar objects. Seth Fletcher, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 This is a disgrace, an extreme, unexplainable botch. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unexplainable was circa 1711

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“Unexplainable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexplainable. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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