un·​know·​able | \ ˌən-ˈnō-ə-bəl How to pronounce unknowable (audio) \

Definition of unknowable

: not knowable especially : lying beyond the limits of human experience or understanding

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unknowability \ ˌən-​ˌnō-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unknowability (audio) \ noun

Examples of unknowable in a Sentence

a God whose nature is unknown and unknowable

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Does the existence of weapons of unknowable potency increase or decrease the likelihood of future conflict? The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 In a way, fame, or a certain kind of success, literalizes the child’s experience of a parent as this unknowable but powerful entity, larger than life. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, "Emma Cline on the Movie Business," 24 June 2019 Philippe is remote, unknowable, even to those closest to him. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "A deep dive into the tale of Pericles," 13 June 2019 But as little news emerges from the FAA as to when or even if the plane will ever come back in service, travelers and airlines have been left in the lurch, wondering how to make travel plans around the unknowable. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Every Question You Still Have About the Boeing 737 Max, Answered," 1 Aug. 2019 For some 670,000 people with DACA and 400,000 people with TPS, the future is unknowable. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "She must choose: Stay with her undocumented family in America or live freely in Canada," 26 July 2019 But details that seemed unknowable are now coming to light after thousands of years. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Ancient DNA Reveals Complex Story of Human Migration Between Siberia and North America," 5 June 2019 That’s why black holes are invisible and unknowable to the outside world. Quanta Magazine, "Plunge Into a (Virtual Reality) Black Hole," 4 Dec. 2017 Of course a new changing world also creates new opportunities for those who know how to put a price on the unknowable. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "In a world awash with information, power comes from knowing what data not to use," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of unknowable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unknowable was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unknowable

: not able to be known : not knowable

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