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

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Third, is both the biggest danger and the hardest to assess: Lower valuations due to unquantifiable risks created by the possibility that the U.S. is withdrawing from its role as world policeman. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "My Lessons From the Market’s Wild December," 27 Dec. 2018 Ingenious, and almost sinister really: Wreck the economy with heavy-handed policy, then change the measurement to unquantifiable happiness. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Inner Peace Is a Booming Business," 16 Dec. 2018 But while overall demand isn’t expected to slow now, tech faces more unquantifiable risks. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Tech’s Red October Should Flash a Yellow Light," 12 Oct. 2018 In the World Series against the Dodgers, with the Astros’ first championship hanging in the balance, Beltrán would unleash his unquantifiable powers one final time. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 If Real have an unquantifiable amount of streetwise-ness in the competition, Liverpool can boast the most prolific attacking trio in Champions League history. Matias Grez, CNN, "Mo Salah wins sixth individual award in an incredible season," 14 May 2018 Fear of the unknown and unquantifiable risks shouldn’t absolutely prohibit us from making interventions that could have great benefits. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "Science Is Getting Us Closer to the End of Infertility," 27 Mar. 2018 This nation has borne witness to decades of bloodshed and an unquantifiable legacy of pain. Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue, "How to Take Back the National Rifle Association's Power," 2 Mar. 2018 In doing so, Herbert tamed color’s mysterious nature and turned it into a commodity, in essence quantifying what had until then been unquantifiable. Bruce Falconer, New York Times, "What Is the Perfect Color Worth?," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unquantifiable

1890, in the meaning defined above

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