unknowable

adjective
un·know·able | \ ˌən-ˈnō-ə-bəl \

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 \ noun

Examples of unknowable in a Sentence

a God whose nature is unknown and unknowable

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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 Whether that message will do more for the Democrats than a high-profile fight over Kennedy’s replacement will do for GOP turnout is unknowable. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "How Democrats Plan to Turn Kennedy’s Retirement Into a Political Win," 3 July 2018 Reburied at the American cemetery in Manila, most of their identities were assumed unknowable. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Lawsuit: We know identities of ‘unknown’ soldiers," 27 June 2018 The weary narrator floats away in a dream, in search of the unknowable, the deep forbidden music somewhere off in the distance. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Paul Simon still searching after all these years," 7 June 2018 The magic of basketball is that there are certain answers that will always be unknowable, and certain arguments that will never end. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "NBA Playoff Talking Points: Life Without Steph, the Westbrook Rule and More," 27 Apr. 2018 No one knows the timetable under which the lawyers are working, so to suggest that everything will be wrapped up before the elections is to pretend to know the unknowable. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "The opening act was tumultuous. Phase two of Trump’s presidency could be even more so," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unknowable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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unknowable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unknowable

: not able to be known : not knowable

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