un·​prov·​able | \ ˌən-ˈprü-və-bəl How to pronounce unprovable (audio) \

Definition of unprovable

: unable to be proved : not provable an unprovable theory

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unprovably \ ˌən-​ˈprü-​və-​blē How to pronounce unprovably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unprovable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And on Amazon, sanitizers and tablets containing chlorine dioxide are being sold with unprovable claims of sanitizing and disinfecting hospitals, offices, and homes, the EPA said. Jennifer A. Dlouhy, BostonGlobe.com, "EPA tells Amazon, EBay to stop shipping unproven COVID goods," 11 June 2020 Many of the dossier’s more lurid claims proved false or unprovable. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist," 28 Jan. 2020 At present, barring an unparalleled leak of classified information, Bob Lazar’s background is essentially unprovable. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 The phenomenon of kids (allegedly) seeing ghosts thrives online, but no matter how improbable or unprovable, the volume of these stories alone is enough to make scientists take notice. Washington Post, "Why do so many kids ‘see ghosts’? We asked some psychologists.," 28 Oct. 2019 And every neighborhood kid had some ambiguous, completely unprovable Mafia tale to tell. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Criminal Charisma," 12 Sep. 2019 Republicans, who recognize the horrible precedent of a nominee (of any party) being blockable by a single, last-minute, ancient, unprovable allegation, will also realize that confirming Judge Kavanaugh doesn’t end it. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "A Kavanaugh Hearing Without Facts Would Be a Sham," 21 Sep. 2018 Set aside for a moment the unprovable claim made by Olympic and government officials, which is that the Games can inspire disaster victims to continue their fights to rebuild their lives. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Homeless crisis could be the Fukushima of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics," 12 Aug. 2019 But both versions — infighting good, infighting bad — fall into the realm of the unprovable, a category encompassing nearly all historical explanations. H. W. Brands, Washington Post, "The bureaucratic battles and political skirmishes that shaped World War II," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of unprovable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprovable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprovable. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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