unplaceable

adjective

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Great lighting onstage has an unplaceable emotional effect. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 What starts as one of those rare, unplaceable, maybe-satire, maybe-camp, high-wire pop confections morphs into a fairly straightforward biopic about a beloved superstar that seems overly wary of pissing off a living idol. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2022 Among the exceptions are Elizabeth Strout’s fictions and the unplaceable work of Annie Ernaux. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near unplaceable

Cite this Entry

“Unplaceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplaceable. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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