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

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Two patches on the back of the jacket that originally showed the Japanese and Taiwanese flags appear to have been replaced with unidentifiable symbols in the same color scheme. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Top Gun: Maverick' Trailer Sparks Controversy as Fans Notice Taiwanese Flag Missing From Tom Cruise's Jacket," 22 July 2019 Shredder: Shreds your image into unidentifiable mulch. Zoe Pearl, The New Yorker, "Focus-Group-Testing Takeaways for the Next Social-Media Platform," 13 July 2019 Since then, nearly every unidentifiable piece within the star’s wardrobe has been rumored to be a part of the label. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna’s New Fenty Collection Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight," 21 May 2019 The Pentagon released grainy video of the aftermath of the missile strike, showing a piece of unidentifiable debris falling into what looks like the sea with a plume of smoke behind. David S. Cloud, latimes.com, "Trump downplays Iranian shootdown of U.S. surveillance drone," 20 June 2019 While some haven't changed much, others are nearly unidentifiable from their early years. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Can you recognize these Houston TV personalities as kids?," 11 June 2019 When the physician and scientist Emil Lou was an oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center about a decade ago, he was regularly troubled by the sight of something small but unidentifiable in his cancer-cell cultures. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk and Help One Another via Tiny Tube Networks," 23 Apr. 2018 Stray dogs ripped at the corpse of an unidentifiable animal. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Rain Slows Search for Tsunami Dead, as Indonesia Recalls 2004 Disaster," 26 Dec. 2018 Piles of trash, plastic bottles and other unidentifiable refuse can be seen rippling and crashing ashore in video and images posted on social media. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Waves of garbage crash ashore in stunning footage," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unidentifiable

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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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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