unfalsifiable

adjective
un·​fal·​si·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ˌfȯl-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unfalsifiable (audio) \

Definition of unfalsifiable

: not capable of being proved false unfalsifiable hypotheses

Examples of unfalsifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the Hebrew Scriptures, there is hardly any external evidence to support the various theories of their origins, and so the theories are mostly unfalsifiable. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘A History of the Bible’ Review: Scripture Under Scrutiny," 9 July 2019 Claims about large-scale censorship are basically unfalsifiable, and none of the tech companies invited even showed up. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Congress’ social media censorship hearing was a complete disaster," 26 Apr. 2018 The claim itself is seemingly unfalsifiable, but also extremely unlikely to ever be confirmed. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The “pee tape” claim, explained," 15 Apr. 2018 These projections aren't just a fun experiment for economic forecasters and journalists who need unfalsifiable predictions to write about. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "In the Future, Everybody Will Be Taking Care of Old People," 26 Oct. 2017 The persistence of these unfalsifiable and hence unscientific theories is an embarrassment that risks damaging science’s reputation at a time when science can ill afford it. John Horgan, Scientific American Blog Network, "Is a Popular Theory of Cosmic Creation Pseudoscience?," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of unfalsifiable

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfalsifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfalsifiable. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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