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

Synonyms & Antonyms for unexplainable


inexplainable, inexplicable, unaccountable


accountable, explainable, explicable

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Like many people in California, Kim can slip into the jargon of a vague spirituality that wants to provide easy answers for the unexplainable twists and turns of life. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 Patients will sometimes arrive at the clinic with a constellation of seemingly unexplainable symptoms. Will Stone, Washington Post, "Domestic Violence’s Overlooked Damage: Concussion And Brain Injury," 1 June 2018 Then there’s 6 percent left that is unexplainable, that is probably the true, true bias. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman explains why reviews with sexual harassment allegations don’t get removed," 15 Aug. 2018 Image The unexplainable record, the over-the-top pregame theatrics, even the hot climate. Gerald Narciso, New York Times, "Florida Panthers Hear Echoes of Their Early Years in the Golden Knights," 2 June 2018 One is the unexplainable absence of a Latino candidate challenging Emanuel in a city where Latino politics is dynamic. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Silence in Chicago’s mayoral race: The missing Latino candidate and the Sun-Times chairman’s deal with Rahm’s money man," 12 May 2018 During labor, these words increased my faith and permeated my body with unexplainable peace and power. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Revealed a Special "Sign" During Her Birth Episode Last Night," 2 May 2018 Inter is a team that has made five games bad, then went to Genoa on a very tough field and won 0-5: unexplainable. SI.com, "Roma Star Reveals Why He Wants Juventus to Win Serie A Despite Hatred for League Champions," 30 Mar. 2018 That shot had given UMBC a 14-point margin just 2:19 after its lead was only 29-24, and even though there was plenty of time left, the unexplainable seemed to be happening in real time. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "How UMBC pulled off the greatest upset in NCAA tournament history," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unexplainable

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

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