unobservable

adjective
un·​ob·​serv·​able | \ ˌən-əb-ˈzər-və-bəl How to pronounce unobservable (audio) \

Definition of unobservable

: incapable of being observed : not observable particles so small that they are unobservable

Examples of unobservable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a profound difficulty at the heart of the science of consciousness: consciousness is unobservable. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe?," 14 Jan. 2020 Eventually, Peebles’s theories led to the discovery of dark energy, the invisible force that drives the expansion of the universe, and dark matter, the unobservable material that holds galaxies together. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "Nobel Prize in physics awarded for research on exoplanets and the structure of the universe," 8 Oct. 2019 Here’s a quantum analogy: The Sleeping Beauty problem is like an unobservable particle in a quantum superposition of 50 percent H and 50 percent T among the ensemble of puzzle enthusiasts. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Dilemma’," 29 Jan. 2016 Their private emotional lives are unobservable to us. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "You Aren't the Only One with Duck Syndrome," 30 Apr. 2019 Understanding how to glean this unobservable rate is critical to setting Fed interest-rate policy. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "New York Fed Eyes John Williams as Its Next Leader," 25 Mar. 2018 Zwicky had concluded that some type of massive, unobservable substance was lending gravitational heft to the cluster and helping to keep the thing intact. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Vera Rubin, Pioneering Astronomer, Dies at 88," 27 Dec. 2016

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1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Unobservable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unobservable. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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