unfalsifiable

adjective

un·​fal·​si·​fi·​able ˌən-ˌfȯl-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unfalsifiable (audio)
: not capable of being proved false
unfalsifiable hypotheses

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In my view, this kind of post-hoc explanation for negative findings is unfalsifiable and not very helpful. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 23 July 2015 Bearing similar importance is the seamless access and security that comes from having a single, unfalsifiable profile that can represent an individual across any centralized or decentralized service. Sandy Carter, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2022 The problem with this entire discussion—including the experts’ breezy dismissals—is that the presence or absence of sentience is by definition unprovable, unfalsifiable, unknowable. Rob Toews, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Aside from some stablecoins, cryptocurrencies are backed by no tangible assets, so even outlandish predictions of their value are unfalsifiable. Greg Ip, WSJ, 18 May 2022 At some point, that becomes an unfalsifiable hypothetical. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 21 June 2021 Nick has just given Joey a lesson in the art of unfalsifiable-claim making. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2021 That’s the kind of conspiratorial reasoning that the Wood-Powell duo, with their deep commitment to wild and unfalsifiable charges, might apply to themselves. Rich Lowry, National Review, 4 Dec. 2020 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, 9 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfalsifiable was circa 1934

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“Unfalsifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfalsifiable. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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