un·​re·​view·​able ˌən-ri-ˈvyü-ə-bəl How to pronounce unreviewable (audio)
: not able or allowed to be examined, inspected, or reviewed : not reviewable
unreviewable power

Examples of unreviewable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At its most extreme, the theory would give legislatures unreviewable authority, blocking state courts, state constitutions, and governors from intervening regarding election law. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 2 Oct. 2023 Reno’s special-counsel regime replaced statutory independent counsels, who for 21 years had exercised unreviewable authority on such politically sensitive matters as President Ronald Reagan’s involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal and President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Rod Rosenstein, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 In a 5-4 decision, the court found that such unreviewable authority could only be wielded by principal officers of the United States, who must be confirmed by the Senate. Devin Watkins, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Assistant coach Yaphett King was begging the referee to review a no-call on the winning basket that was unreviewable. Kevin Reynolds, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2021 This text grants the president a broad, unreviewable pardon power, one that British kings and state governors had long used by the time of the Constitution’s ratification. John Yoo, National Review, 25 Nov. 2020 If, however, the Supreme Court decides the decision to rescind DACA is unreviewable, that leaves the door open for a future administration to reimplement the program. Renae Reints, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2019 The Government argues that the Census Act commits to the (Commerce) Secretary’s unreviewable discretion decisions about what questions to include on the decennial census questionnaire. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, 27 June 2019 The rule is bizarre—all non-flagrant contact fouls are left to a referee's judgement and deemed unreviewable, except in this specific instance—and even the apparently correct application prompts a double take. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, 1 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unreviewable was circa 1934

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“Unreviewable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreviewable. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not reviewable
the failure to raise distinctly at trial the matter being objected to ordinarily renders a claim unreviewable on appealState v. Person, 577 A.2d 1036 (1990)
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