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

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 Gutierrez also said Cruz showed him photos that included body parts unidentifiable by gender or age. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 Grave markers of veterans are in many cases unidentifiable due to leaves and weeds clinging to the stones. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 12 Sep. 2022 Remains recovered in October 1950 were determined to be unidentifiable and were buried in Honolulu, Hawaii. CBS News, 23 Aug. 2022 Its compound words—noun hooked to noun, concept to concept—contain, romantically, unnamable emotions, wisps of unidentifiable yearning, literary implications, philosophical hints: Fernweh, Weltanschauung, Bildungsroman, Doppelgänger, Weltschmerz. Cynthia Ozick, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 The woman was unidentifiable, but quickly earned a nickname. Veronica Fulton, NBC News, 24 July 2022 The carnage in south Texas killed 19 school-age children, some of whose bodies were unidentifiable to their parents. Farnoush Amiri, Chron, 20 July 2022 The carnage in south Texas killed 19 school-age children, some of whose bodies were unidentifiable to their parents. Farnoush Amiri, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 Drawn to them, sensing, but confused by my role in them, by an unidentifiable yet understood imperative to comply. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unidentifiable

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Unidentifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentifiable. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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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