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 unidentifiably (audio) , -​ə-​ˌden-​ \ adverb

Examples of unidentifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People are almost unidentifiable behind their masks. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Bristol Bay feels odd and empty as fishing season nears," 6 June 2020 Scores of riot policemen, unidentifiable behind their helmets and face shields, storming down a residential street in Minneapolis, and firing paint rounds at people who did not run inside quickly enough. The Economist, "America in flames Protests sparked by George Floyd’s death are still raging," 31 May 2020 Dressed in all black, with a black gas mask and carrying a black umbrella, the man, who is known as Umbrella Man and who appears to be white if otherwise unidentifiable, was filmed breaking windows at an AutoZone store. John Eligon, BostonGlobe.com, "Appeals for calm as sprawling protests threaten to spiral out of control," 30 May 2020 In the clip, several unidentifiable men can be seen in a boat with their hands in the air and a helicopter overhead. Jonny Hallam And Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "US citizen detained in Venezuela appears on state TV," 6 May 2020 Prosecutors say Bilbrough recently drove to Alabama to stay with another member of The Base and had also visited Lemley and Mathews in Delaware, where the men had burned a Bible and other unidentifiable items in a wooded area. Time, "FBI Arrests 3 Men Linked to Violent White Supremacist Group Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally," 17 Jan. 2020 The goal is not to examine the actions of specific people, but to analyze trends by combining significant amounts of unidentifiable information from a large body of individuals. Brent Skorup, National Review, "Fight Coronavirus, Unwind the Quarantine with Anonymous Smartphone Data," 7 Apr. 2020 Flatwoods Monster Flatwoods, West Virginia In 1952, a fireball streaked through the sky over West Virginia, and several young residents reported seeing an unidentifiable monster in the small town of Flatwoods. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Take a 'Project Blue Book' road trip and go UFO-hunting at these 10 sites," 3 Mar. 2020 The unidentifiable slime and supernatural disturbances? Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "A New Netflix Horror Movie Is Based On A Real Haunted House & It’s Messing Everyone Up," 1 Mar. 2020

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Unidentifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentifiable. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce unidentifiable (audio)

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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