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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While some books get true film adaptations, others serve as inspirations for scripts that can be nearly unrecognizable from the original material. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 Gomez was admitted to a mental health hospital, where her mother and her friend say that the singer was completely unrecognizable. Time, 4 Nov. 2022 Another scene features a nearly unrecognizable Asia Argento (star of Ferrara’s New Rose Hotel), playing a father claiming to be aroused by the pubescent body of his daughter. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Sep. 2022 Compared to two weeks ago, portions of eastern Australia look almost unrecognizable. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Oregon has been unrecognizable from the team that lost in Atlanta. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 8 Oct. 2022 Kim Kardashian looks virtually unrecognizable in the September issue of Interview magazine. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2022 After trading Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Jazz roster is nearly unrecognizable from a season ago. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 Motor City is unrecognizable from even a few years ago (and honestly, there was a lot to love even then). Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 30 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 5 Dec. 2022.

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