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

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These waters did not disappoint, especially the two final dives off the coast of the Carolinas, where ROV encountered several unidentifiable creatures. Kelli Bender, ajc, "'Horror' lizardfish and weird unidentifiable creatures found chilling off Carolina coast," 13 July 2018 The artifact was found on July 1, with an alabaster bust, its features weathered down and rendered unidentifiable. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Undisturbed Sarcophagus Found in Alexandria, Egypt," 12 July 2018 These people describe symptoms that include skin rashes and threads of an unidentifiable fabric emerging from the sores. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "3 Sobering Documentaries on Netflix, Fandor and Field of Vision," 5 July 2018 All the while, Gomez hums an unidentifiable tune while American Horror Story-esque music plays in the background. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez, Horror Movie Star? Watch Her Creepy Turn in Petra Collins' New Short Film," 21 June 2018 Gum stains and splotches from unidentifiable sources were plainly obvious. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Sears, Kmart stores ailing as CEO Eddie Lampert's hedge fund gets hundreds of millions," 18 June 2018 The unidentifiable figure, an Iranian Everyman, seems about to take a cautious step forward — or, more sinisterly, dangles suspended in space. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 One unidentifiable outfit still haunts the brothers: a souvenir jacket Kanye wore in a Francis and the Lights music video. Cam Wolf, GQ, "How UpscaleHype Became Menswear’s Most Important Instagram Account," 26 Apr. 2018 The district has pledged to keep the victims' identities confidential and unidentifiable. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Nicolet teacher accused of sexual abuse found dead in his garage," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unidentifiable

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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