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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unrecognizableness noun
unrecognizably \ ˌən-​ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​blē , -​kig-​ \ adverb
an unrecognizably altered landscape

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Victoria's Secret model Sara Sampaio played a chillingly life-like werewolf on a full moon with razor-sharp teeth and claws, while Taylor Hill was virtually unrecognizable as Japanese comic book character, Sailor Moon. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Celebrity Halloween Makeup on Instagram," 1 Nov. 2018 The meat was a bit grainy, and the apples were unrecognizable as such. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Monday: Cider-Braised Pork," 5 Mar. 2012 Spanish conservationists were enraged after the restoration of a church’s 16th-century wooden sculpture of a knight on horseback left the figure unrecognizable. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Spanish conservationists outraged following botched restoration of 16th-century artwork," 27 June 2018 Native American children returned home almost unrecognizable to their parents. Washington Post, "AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history," 20 June 2018 Native American children returned home almost unrecognizable to their parents. Russell Contreras, chicagotribune.com, "Other times in history when the U.S. separated families," 20 June 2018 But the area surrounding downtown Fishers in 1962 looks completely unrecognizable. Stephen J. Beard, Indianapolis Star, "5 places in Fishers you wouldn't have recognized 50 years ago," 13 Apr. 2018 In most cases, the lineups are unrecognizable from what would be considered a full-strength team for either side. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "No one cares about the pointless World Cup bronze playoff. So FIFA should scrap it," 12 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of unrecognizable

1817, in the meaning defined above

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