un·​place·​able ˌən-ˈplā-sə-bəl How to pronounce unplaceable (audio)
: not able to be put in, assigned to, or identified with a particular place : not placeable
an unplaceable accent

Examples of unplaceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The start of spring has an unmistakable, yet unplaceable smell. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 18 Mar. 2022 Its failings, however, have nothing to do with Korean actress Bae Doona’s central performance as the awakened doll, Nozomi, which is an enchanting portrait of guilelessness and curiosity that exists in some unplaceable realm made of child’s play, otherworldly sentience and refined clowning. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Short also appeared in the film as the manic wedding consultant with the unplaceable accent, Franck. Debby Wolfinsohn, EW.com, 22 Mar. 2023 The confluence of eras ends up looking almost futuristic—familiar yet unplaceable. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2023 He’s worked as a software engineer and has experience in construction, and with his unplaceable New York–New Jersey accent, seems like the type of guy who knows a little about most things. Kat Chow, Bon Appétit, 11 Nov. 2022 With character embellishments like an unplaceable accent and traces of implied alcoholism, Bambi is the more dynamic of the two protagonists, and Evans adds requisite gruff swagger. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 The victims—one of them only three years old—woke up bloodied and bruised, with a feeling of having been assaulted by an unplaceable presence. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 Then the show has to go and become pointlessly circuitous for two episodes, as a combination of interchangeable actors obscured by period facial hair, unplaceable accents and purposeless time jumping make the story hazy for no good reason. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unplaceable was in 1870

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“Unplaceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplaceable. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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