unidentifiable

adjective

un·​iden·​ti·​fi·​able ˌən-ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unidentifiable (audio)
-ə-ˌden-
: impossible to identify : not identifiable
an unidentifiable odor
unidentifiably adverb

Examples of unidentifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a world where denim can run the risk of looking similar or is unidentifiable at first glance, the back pocket logo is a stellar signifier to denote denim tribes and status. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2024 On March 11, the Daily Mail published a paparazzi photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the car; the photo shows only the back of Kate's head and is so blurry her features are basically unidentifiable. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 14 Mar. 2024 That’s a difference in gasoline prices, currently more than 40 cents per gallon extracted by oil producers, refiners or retailers at an unidentifiable point of the gasoline economy. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 On Thursday afternoon, delivery trucks and cars zigzagged around unidentifiable heaps of twisted metal and fabric left in the street, as trains roared by and a helicopter circled overhead. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 The woman’s remains were unidentifiable, but the body was sent to the medical examiner’s office where an autopsy was performed, officials said. Paloma Chavez, Sacramento Bee, 16 Feb. 2024 Empire is darker, bleaker, and unafraid to have Luke (Mark Hamill) crawl into an unidentifiable animal carcass to keep warm in a frozen tundra and to lose an actual hand. Gwen Ihnat, EW.com, 28 Apr. 2023 Palestinian media reports at the time said the corpses returned were unidentifiable. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 20 Jan. 2024 Researchers have also found thousands of unidentifiable chemicals in some popular vape products. Mira Miller, Verywell Health, 14 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 30 May. 2024.

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