un·​prov·​able | \ ˌən-ˈprü-və-bəl \

Definition of unprovable

: unable to be proved : not provable an unprovable theory

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unprovably \ ˌən-​ˈprü-​və-​blē \ adverb

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If one unprovable accusation doesn’t suffice, why not produce a second, or third? Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "What Democrats Have Become," 19 Sep. 2018 Democrats now have a strong if unprovable case that Mr. Comey changed the election outcome. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Clapper Disinformation Campaign," 29 May 2018 This is the rosiest version of what could have been: plausible, but unprovable. New York Times, "How Robert Kennedy’s Assassination Changed American Politics," 1 June 2018 This seems like a nice — but entirely unprovable — theory. Steven Zeitchik, chicagotribune.com, "How 'Black Panther' is partly responsible for the success of 'Avengers: Infinity War'," 2 May 2018 The second show is the one that accepts that, best case, Cameron's crusade is unprovable and actually tries to figure out what's spurring Cameron. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards': TV Review," 16 Apr. 2018 Hume’s greatest pupil, Adam Smith, joined him in being skeptical of many unprovable claims of dogma and superstition. WSJ, "What Did the Enlightenment Really Give Us?," 13 Apr. 2018 Supervisors concluded the officer had behaved inappropriately in two instances, but the women’s harassment accusations were either rejected or found to be unprovable. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "3 women accused a Cincinnati cop of sexual misconduct. He's still on the job.," 10 Feb. 2018 Most of the accusations are unproven as yet, or unprovable, but they are widely accepted in the current believe-the-accusers moment. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Sexual-harassment reckoning: In 2018, more backlash and pushback?," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unprovable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unprovable

: not able to be proved or shown to be true


un·​prov·​able | \ ˌən-ˈprü-və-bəl\

Legal Definition of unprovable

: not provable

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