un·​know·​able ˌən-ˈnō-ə-bəl How to pronounce unknowable (audio)
: not knowable
especially : lying beyond the limits of human experience or understanding
unknowability noun

Example Sentences

a God whose nature is unknown and unknowable
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unknowable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unknowable. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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un·​know·​able ˌən-ˈnō-ə-bəl How to pronounce unknowable (audio)
: not knowable
some facts in the case may remain unknowable

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