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
Recent Examples on the Web An unknowable number of private groups remain, spaces that have been hubs for misinformation regarding Covid-19 and vaccines. NBC News, "Covid-19 vaccines face a varied and powerful misinformation movement online," 30 Nov. 2020 What remains unknown, and probably unknowable, is how these infections have affected those off the field, including officials, family members, teachers, community members, media workers, and beyond. Lisa Kearns, STAT, "Add Covid-related myocarditis, mechanical ventilation, and death to this year’s football risks," 26 Nov. 2020 Despite our own state agency’s economic analysis that put the climate harms of this project at $287 billion, the MPCA has adopted a position that exact emissions levels are unknowable and therefore should not be considered. Steve Morse, Star Tribune, "The state has ample reason, and authority, to block this harmful pipeline," 10 Nov. 2020 The future remains unwritten and is perhaps even more unknowable than before. Jamelle Bouie New York Times, Star Tribune, "We waited in vain for a repudiation of Trumpism," 5 Nov. 2020 Infinite, unknowable, soulful, perhaps even magical. Yaa Gyasi, The Atlantic, "When My Mother Came to Stay," 14 Aug. 2020 Horn’s branching Gorgonia 12, for instance, named for a genus of corals, is ornamented with blown glass orbs, Christmas tree-like in its contrivance yet still unmistakably bound to the deep, unknowable ocean. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "Where Nature and Artifice Collide," 4 Nov. 2020 But the Biden campaign has almost gone out of its way to foster a specific sort of unknowable-ness about the shape of his presidency. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Biden’s Health Care Plan Is Somehow Still a Mystery," 29 Oct. 2020 Since particles’ exact trajectories are unknowable, researchers sought a more probabilistic approach. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unknowable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unknowable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unknowable. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unknowable

: not able to be known : not knowable

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