un·rec·og·niz·able | \ ˌən-ˈre-kəg-ˌnī-zə-bəl , -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, -kig- \ adverb
an unrecognizably altered landscape

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Three days later Till’s corpse was found in the Tallahatchie River, unrecognizable from his wounds and decomposition. Gabby Raymond, Time, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation of Emmett Till's Murder. Here Are 5 Things to Know About the Case," 12 July 2018 Art and camouflage are not obvious allies — the former makes something unreal recognizable, the latter makes something real unrecognizable — but for my great-grandfather one paved the way to the other. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018 Almost all of the songs were rearranged to some degree, but never to the Dylanesque extent of being unrecognizable. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Review: Paul Simon says goodbye, still restless after all these years," 17 June 2018 Famous for hosting the PGA Championship in 1968, the property is now unrecognizable as a golf course, its fairways overgrown with weeds and its cart paths half-covered with dead yellow grass. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Veterans community planned on Southeast Side raises concerns," 15 June 2018 Zellweger, 49, has been spotted on set of the film over the past few months looking unrecognizable in costume as Garland. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Liza Minnelli Does 'Not Approve' of Movie Starring Renée Zellweger as Her Mom Judy Garland," 14 June 2018 Placed in an ambulance, Madden caught sight of her face in a reflective metal cabinet, grotesquely burned and unrecognizable. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Survivors still in agony over school bus crash that horrified a nation," 13 May 2018 Although the mall will remain open until mid-2021, its already beginning to look unrecognizable. Melissa Etehad, latimes.com, "Once L.A.'s hottest mall, the Westside Pavilion is dying, and shoppers are bummed," 4 May 2018 Michigan's Lower Peninsula looks unrecognizable except for parts of the northwest. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Where's Michigan? Massive snowstorm looks even crazier from outer space," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unrecognizable

1817, in the meaning defined above

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