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 unknowable (audio) \ noun

Examples of unknowable in a Sentence

a God whose nature is unknown and unknowable
Recent Examples on the Web Planning has to be flexible and adaptable to the reality that, even in the very short-term, the future is unknowable. Matthew Erskine, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 What Didion understood was that the defense of the unknowable required, unexpectedly, a kind of absurd all-knowingness, something solid enough to take down the certainty-havers. Kerry Howley, Vulture, 25 Dec. 2021 And the shifts between cinematic styles, novel as they are, seem ultimately like a flashy and complicated way to express that Susan was unknowable to herself. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 6 Dec. 2021 Whether middlebrow or low, these works reshape Diana to their own needs, borrowing her familiar, eventful yet unknowable story to sell mere gossip as relatable real-life tragedy. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Hanks never reaches for effect and remains spiritually and physically calm: His Mr. Rogers is unknowable, unfathomable, but absolutely irresistible. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 8 Nov. 2021 For centuries, people have turned to philosophy for guidance on how to conduct themselves in an often confusing and seemingly unknowable world. Nicholas Earls, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The consequences of such a crumbling are inherently unknowable. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 The novel restores Zaza to her rightful place as a subject, presenting her as a singular being, incomparable and ultimately unknowable to the narrator herself. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unknowable

: not able to be known : not knowable

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