un·​fath·​om·​able | \ ˌən-ˈfa-t͟hə-mə-bəl How to pronounce unfathomable (audio) \

Definition of unfathomable

: not capable of being fathomed:
b : impossible to comprehend

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unfathomably \ ˌən-​ˈfa-​t͟hə-​mə-​blē How to pronounce unfathomably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unfathomable in a Sentence

His behavior is completely unfathomable. the unfathomable reaches of space

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Thinking of doing one of my typical workouts was unfathomable. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Trying to Work Out During My First Trimester Was the Humbling Experience I Didn't Know I Needed," 17 Mar. 2019 While that normally might seem unfathomable, last year the Academy snubbed Oprah Winfrey so simply being a big name may just not be enough if the project isn't also extremely buzzy in this time of peak TV. Danielle Turchiano, chicagotribune.com, "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises," 12 July 2018 The idea of receiving that kind of training in Las Vegas in the past was unfathomable. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How Las Vegas Became a Hot Spot for Baseball," 10 Dec. 2018 Progress had provided women like me the kind of rich life that would have been unfathomable to previous generations, and yet like so many others, I was snared in some grim biological statistics. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 But on Sunday night, Russia knocked off Spain in an almost unfathomable upset, and is now among the final eight teams. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russia Relaxes, for a Moment, to Let Soccer Fans Rejoice," 2 July 2018 But the Seahawks rushed for an almost unfathomable 273 yards despite Chris Carson’s absence and Jordan Simmons seeing his first NFL action at right guard in place of D.J. Fluker. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Bob Condotta breaks down what went wrong in the Seahawks’ close loss to the Rams," 13 Nov. 2018 The addition of Amazon would raise Ambrose's plan to an almost unfathomable level of transformation. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "How a little-known Indianapolis developer got in position to land Amazon's HQ2," 3 June 2018 The region, defined as much by its 13,000-foot passes, striated rock formations, and colorful stupas as by its almost unfathomable remoteness, was, until 2011, accessible only by foot, horseback, or private aircraft. Debbie Pappyn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Trekking Nepal's Upper Mustang, a Pristine Corner of the Himalayas," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unfathomable

1640, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unfathomable was in 1640

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English Language Learners Definition of unfathomable

literary : impossible to understand

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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