unquantifiable

adjective
un·​quan·​ti·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ˌkwän-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unquantifiable (audio) \

Definition of unquantifiable

: 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

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Other Words from unquantifiable

unquantifiably \ ˌən-​ˌkwän-​tə-​ˈfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unquantifiably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unquantifiable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putting dollar values on all this requires quantifying some unquantifiable things, but the researchers use some standard numbers. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "In the US, switching to EVs would save lives and be worth billions," 20 Aug. 2020 The damage to Epic’s ongoing business and to its reputation and trust with its customers will be unquantifiable and irreparable. Washington Post, "Apple cuts off Epic from its tools, endangering future Unreal Engine projects on iOS and Mac," 17 Aug. 2020 One day soon, the Martin Mull school of thought—which preaches music’s intrinsic, unquantifiable mysteriousness—might be run out of business. Luke Ottenhof, Popular Mechanics, "Music Has Always Made Us Feel Better. Can Tech Help the Healing?," 26 July 2020 The mechanics of American presidential politics will always be, in some sense, unquantifiable. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Sexism Is Other People," 8 Mar. 2020 None of this means that all bets are off and the pandemic is unquantifiable. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Doesn’t Have to Be This Confusing," 29 Apr. 2020 There's a sort of unquantifiable, indefinable quality that just makes a good celebration. SI.com, "6 of the Best Moments from Another Thrilling Weekend of Premier League Action," 4 Nov. 2019 There’s also the unquantifiable: not only are the kids alright—they’re helping humanity save it from itself. Wired, "The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change," 8 Nov. 2019 But if economists do not recognize the importance of currently unquantifiable variables in human actions and in national economies, the discipline will become increasingly arid and socially useless. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Depths of U.S. despair defy traditional economics," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unquantifiable

1890, in the meaning defined above

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6 Sep 2020

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“Unquantifiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unquantifiable. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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