un·​rec·​og·​niz·​able | \ ˌən-ˈre-kəg-ˌnī-zə-bəl How to pronounce unrecognizable (audio) , -kig- \

Definition of unrecognizable

: incapable of being identified or recognized : not recognizable The beaches were unrecognizable after the hurricane. He was unrecognizable without his mustache.

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Other Words from unrecognizable

unrecognizableness noun
unrecognizably \ ˌən-​ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​blē How to pronounce unrecognizably (audio) , -​kig-​ \ adverb
an unrecognizably altered landscape

Examples of unrecognizable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compared to the league's pre-pandemic setup, the current regular season format looks unrecognizable. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "What you need to know about Phoenix Rising FC's return to action," 12 July 2020 His condition only seems to warp common numerals, and even then there’s some discrepancy: zeroes and ones were completely spared, whereas two through nine are now completely unrecognizable. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Solving the medical mystery of a brain that sees numbers as spaghetti," 29 June 2020 Some islanders complained that, with so many people from all over the world, the Falklands were becoming unrecognizable. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 But, despite two efforts to restore the work to its original state, the face of the Virgin Mary is now unrecognizable — causing outrage in the Spanish art conservation community and beyond. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Famous painting of Virgin Mary left unrecognizable after botched art restoration in Spain," 23 June 2020 Proof of the new, very blonde hair color comes courtesy of the most recent paparazzi photos, captured while the model was out to lunch in Malibu over the weekend — virtually unrecognizable with the new hue. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Kaia Gerber Just Went Platinum Blonde For Summer," 23 June 2020 Altering his voice, changing his appearance and gait, Mr. Holm was almost unrecognizable from one film to the next. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Ian Holm, actor whose roles ranged from Shakespeare to Middle-earth, dies at 88," 20 June 2020 But some legal experts say if the law is changed, social media would become unrecognizable. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Eliminating social media’s legal protection would end Facebook and Twitter ‘as we know it,’ legal experts say," 12 June 2020 In the early ’70s, the U.S. limped out of the war and began sending its troops back home to a country that was, in many ways, unrecognizable. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "As Da 5 Bloods Hits Netflix, Black Vietnam Veterans Recall the Real Injustices They Faced During and After the War," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of unrecognizable

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrecognizable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecognizable. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrecognizable

: not able to be identified or recognized

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