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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The future of evolution, for the most part, is as fundamentally unknowable as the future of the weather. Quanta Magazine, "The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting," 17 July 2014 By contemplating departure, the women open themselves up to the unknowable. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Miriam Toews’s Quiet Revolution," 26 June 2019 But his physical presence at Twombly’s side is constant, even if the ultimate effect on his work is unknowable, at least for now. Andrew Martin, Harper's magazine, "Not Mere Projection," 10 Mar. 2019 But even that series regularly leans on big, cosmic villains with apocalyptic agendas and unknowable minds. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "In Octopath Traveler, jobs define more than just gameplay mechanics," 22 Aug. 2018 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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