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

Examples of unrecognizable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That zero-sum framework is unrecognizable to many Christians who view protecting the natural world as an extension of their spirituality – and don’t wish to be placed in camps. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 June 2021 Kelley was the sort of itinerant and self-made political leader who is all but unrecognizable to the credentialed and moneyed political caste of the modern age. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 21 June 2021 Cadore’s name accordingly resurfaced during the television broadcast while the Dodgers and Brewers played a game that would’ve been unrecognizable to him. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 By design, the omakase at Rosella in New York’s East Village would be almost unrecognizable to the city’s sushi purists. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2021 The façade can gain sharp, nail-like spikes; these will be unrecognizable to most, but adding them to the same recesses rioters used to gain handholds will make climbing difficult. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2021 Obviously the landscape of television is unrecognizable compared to then. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 5 July 2021 Fine said the man on the video monitor in the courtroom, with no face paint and wearing orange prison garb, was unrecognizable. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2021 False Positive, out today on the streaming network, the actor/comedian/writer/director is unrecognizable. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 25 June 2021

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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 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrecognizable

: not able to be identified or recognized

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