un·​rec·​og·​niz·​able ˌən-ˈre-kəg-ˌnī-zə-bəl How to pronounce unrecognizable (audio)
: incapable of being identified or recognized : not recognizable
The beaches were unrecognizable after the hurricane.
He was unrecognizable without his mustache.
unrecognizableness noun
unrecognizably adverb
an unrecognizably altered landscape

Examples of unrecognizable in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrecognizable was in 1817

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“Unrecognizable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecognizable. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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