unpublishable

adjective

un·​pub·​lish·​able ˌən-ˈpə-bli-shə-bəl How to pronounce unpublishable (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There is widespread concern that, because these kinds of studies can't be preregistered, this kind of research would become denigrated or even unpublishable, were registration to become the norm. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2014 Leonard Woolf tried to find a publisher for the apparently unpublishable novel, the couple having recognized that their own Hogarth Press wasn’t up to it. James Campbell, WSJ, 15 June 2022 This trio of works leapfrogs from The Salon of 1846 to the first and second editions of Les Fleurs du mal (1857–1861), to the frightening, unpublishable prose fragments from the last five years of his life. Ange Mlinko, The New York Review of Books, 23 Mar. 2022 Gunther’s unpublishable book was a memoir: an account of the death, in 1947, of his 17-year-old son, Johnny, from a brain tumor. Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2022 Users post under pseudonyms like pim9daddy214 and Boogyman422 and exchange unpublishable profanities. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2022 Caleb worked really hard on an unpublishable novel. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 The Rainbow was banned, Women in Love was for years unpublishable, his paintings were seized (too much pubic hair), his poems censored. Lara Feigel, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2021 Twain, in turn, had an obscene, unpublishable squib called 1601 intended for private circulation. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 13 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpublishable was circa 1670

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“Unpublishable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpublishable. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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