un·​iden·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unidentifiable (audio) , -ə-ˌden- \

Definition of unidentifiable

: impossible to identify : not identifiable an unidentifiable odor

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Other Words from unidentifiable

unidentifiably \ ˌən-​ī-​ˌden-​tə-​ˈfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unidentifiable (audio) , -​ə-​ˌden-​ \ adverb

Examples of unidentifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zhang, a 42-year-old Uber driver, said he had been knocked out by a stranger at his door with an unidentifiable mist. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 Two blocks from Murillo’s house, a video shows, protesters threw unidentifiable objects toward a location outside the video frame. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 Content is by definition unidentifiable or nondescript filler. Risa Sarachan, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 The incident occurred after a screening agent noticed an unidentifiable lump in the burrito as it was being brought through security by a traveler, according to a press release by the agency. David Aaro, Fox News, 26 Apr. 2021 According to a press release from the TSA, the incident occurred on April 2 when a screening agent noticed an unidentifiable lump in the burrito as it was being brought through security by a traveler. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2021 The building had collapsed, and tall piles of marble, steel, pale wood, and office furniture lay dispersed among other unidentifiable materials. Jonas Eika, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 For example, a dot captured fleeing a crime scene is unidentifiable until a street-level surveillance camera reveals more information. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 8 Mar. 2021 Twigs, planks, drapery and other unidentifiable objects are assembled to create a vanity that feels wild and otherworldly. Christian Vasquez, Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unidentifiable

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unidentifiable was circa 1909

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“Unidentifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentifiable. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unidentifiable

: impossible to identify


un·​iden·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unidentifiable

: impossible to identify : not recognizable unidentifiable sounds


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