unexplainable

adjective
un·​ex·​plain·​able | \ ˌən-ik-ˈsplā-nə-bəl How to pronounce unexplainable (audio) \

Definition of unexplainable

: incapable of being explained : inexplicable, unaccountable a seemingly unexplainable occurrence unexplainable behavior

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unexplainably \ ˌən-​ik-​ˈsplā-​nə-​blē How to pronounce unexplainably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unexplainable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soon, strange and unexplainable things, perhaps tied to the disappearance of the two young boys, start happening at the Harper’s lakefront home and the movie transitions into a supernatural suspense thriller. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Filmed-in-Cleveland ‘I See You’ hits theaters as its hometown producer realizes dream," 5 Dec. 2019 For decades, believers throughout the Chicago area have claimed to experience unexplainable religious phenomena. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "Nine times people in Chicago saw the Virgin Mary: 'A sort of tangible, visible encounter with the divine'," 12 Sep. 2019 When religion is a lens to explain the universe, unexplainable phenomena can become religion. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Angels, Airships, and Aliens: The 3,500-Year History of UFO Sightings," 24 Sep. 2019 There have been claims of sudden temperature changes and random, unexplainable scratches. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "5 of the most haunted places in the Cincinnati area," 17 Oct. 2019 Joe Amon/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post, via Getty Images Since childhood, Rachael Petersen had lived with an unexplainable sense of grief that no drug or talk therapy could entirely ease. New York Times, "Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research," 4 Sep. 2019 The Sharks were one of the better teams at limiting scoring chances and, still, Jones’s numbers—a .896 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average—were borderline unexplainable. Dan Falkenheim, SI.com, "NHL Fantasy Bounce-Back Candidates for 2019–20," 15 Aug. 2019 There are no tantrums, no traffic jams, no unexplainable screams from the backseat. Jill Terreri Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "A seaside park with pre-schoolers and parents in mind," 17 July 2019 None of that happened and Liddle was left to explain the unexplainable mistake by two young players. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Maybe it's time for tough love for young Detroit Tigers," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of unexplainable

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unexplainable was circa 1711

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9 Dec 2019

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“Unexplainable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexplainable. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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