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 unexplainable (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web As similar reports of unexplainable flying objects became more frequent, the U.S. government established multiple projects tasked with logging UFO sightings. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Now Explore the CIA’s ‘Entire’ Collection of UFO Documents Online," 16 Jan. 2021 Newsom and his advisers are trying to explain the unexplainable — something that never could be sold in a 30-second TV ad. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Newsom endures two embarrassments with French Laundry dinner and unemployment scam," 3 Dec. 2020 Filled with wool and buckwheat hulls, this pillow helped audience development director Jenny Earnest ease her unexplainable neck pain. Kelsey Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Wellness Products That Our Editors Loved in 2020," 12 Nov. 2020 To be Black is emotionally and mentally draining on levels that are unexplainable. Marcus Hunter Ii, Star Tribune, "Imagine you are a Black male teen in north Minneapolis," 12 Oct. 2020 This case perfectly illustrates this unexplainable randomness. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Re-opening federal death chamber: Victim opposition, pandemic threaten first execution in 17 years," 9 July 2020 During the senior camping trip, Clay has another unexplainable moment. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Real Meaning Behind The Graffiti In 13 Reasons Why Season 4," 6 June 2020 In the videos, sourced from Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets, strange objects can be seen flying at high speeds and rotating while soaring through the air as pilots in the 1,190-mile-per-hour jets mused at the unexplainable sighting. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'The American people deserve to be informed': Harry Reid says UFO footage 'only scratches the surface'," 27 Apr. 2020 The actor plays Stanley Barber, the pot-smoking pal of Lillis’ Sydney, a 17-year-old girl who develops unexplainable abilities a year after her father’s tragic death. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Is Netflix’s I Am Not Okay With This More TEOTFW Or Stranger Things? The Cast Answers," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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“Unexplainable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexplainable. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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