un·​quan·​ti·​fi·​able ˌən-ˌkwän-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unquantifiable (audio)
: not capable of being quantified : lacking a characteristic that can be measured or expressed as a number or amount
Travel, then, is the thing that can never be done badly, where even a failed effort brings unquantifiable rewards.John Krich
unquantifiably adverb

Examples of unquantifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid a historic rush on the border, the family is part of an unquantifiable group of migrants who have recently chosen to settle in this majority-Cuban city of roughly a quarter-million people in northwest Miami-Dade County. Verónica Egui Brito, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 The unquantifiable intangibles surged, too, guys diving on the floor, taking charges, making the extra pass, cheering more robustly on the bench for their teammates. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 Momentum — that unquantifiable and unstoppable force of belief — had flipped to San Francisco. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 28 Jan. 2024 The rarest members of the species add an unquantifiable charismatic charge, one that elevates both the musicians’ playing and the audience’s perception of it. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 17 Dec. 2023 Like Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum and other great enchanters before him, Miyazaki, now 82, delights in ushering us, alongside his young heroines and heroes, into ravishing storybook worlds that are at once scarily unquantifiable and eerily recognizable. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The disaster left an unquantifiable number of people without a place to live. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 23 Aug. 2023 With the passing of media executive Clarence Avant on Monday, Hollywood lost an industry magnate whose impact and reach was unquantifiable. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Instead, it’s based on emotional, unquantifiable reasoning; the idea that Valenzuela galvanized and expanded a fan base in the country’s second-biggest market, spread Major League Baseball’s influence in Mexico, and remains a cultural icon on both sides of the border. Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unquantifiable was in 1890

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“Unquantifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unquantifiable. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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