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

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a God whose nature is unknown and unknowable

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Knowing this, investors must make probabilistic decisions using incomplete information about an unknowable future. Barry Ritholtz, latimes.com, "The markets don't care about your wants or needs," 19 May 2018 Ignoring the unknowable, however, isn’t the same as agreeing with finance academics and traders who equate risk with volatility. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "The Real Risk Is Believing That Volatility Is Risk," 30 Apr. 2018 But overall, Discovery continues its search for Spock while making a pitstop to help an unknowable alien being in its final moments—all while building relationship among the officers and crew. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 Of course, the future is unknowable, and if battery costs decrease dramatically, nuclear loses its edge. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Mapping what it would take for a renaissance for nuclear energy," 7 Sep. 2018 John Carpenter’s stylish 1978 original was the prototypical slasher film, with Michael Myers in his signature white mask terrorizing teenagers as an unknowable, unstoppable force of nature. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The new Halloween is a slasher movie with an actual message," 19 Oct. 2018 But the album is also a powerful reminder that inner lives have consequences too, and destructive forces can take root in those unknowable interiors. August Brown, latimes.com, "Kamasi Washington's ‘Heaven and Earth’ proves jazz's vitality and political power," 29 June 2018 Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony for her smashing performance as Carole King in Beautiful, brings a trancelike mystery and sadness to Julie Jordan, as befits an unknowable character. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 In his future, McAulty’s robots are benevolent monarchs, bloodthirsty tyrants, and unknowable gods who hold all the cards against humans. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "In The Robots of Gotham, AI has taken over the world — and become exactly like us," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of unknowable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unknowable

: not able to be known : not knowable

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