un·​sink·​able ˌən-ˈsiŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce unsinkable (audio)
: incapable of being sunk
an unsinkable ship
… the right image, the right friends, and writerly flair can make a famous journalist's career all but unsinkableJane Manners

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many landowners feel besieged by the $700 billion outdoor recreation industry, whose high-tech tools, including highly maneuverable and all-but-unsinkable rafts, enable increasingly audacious forays into remote areas. Ben Ryder Howe, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2022 Also in the worldwide top five artists of the year are the unsinkable Taylor Swift, multi-hyphenate The Weeknd and K-Pop icons BTS. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 30 Nov. 2022 The Chinese government tried for years to take down this unsinkable pirate queen. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 22 July 2022 The message was received by the Titanic -- which was advertised as unsinkable -- but did not reach the main control center of the vessel. Amarachi Orie And Christian Edwards, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 The luxury passenger ship, touted as unsinkable, was famous from its inception, known as the largest and one of the most lavish of its kind at the time. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 Old, new, unforeseen, but always unsinkable, always forever, just beneath the surface, where the soul lies. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 June 2022 The ribbon of land on the western side had room for miles of runway—an unsinkable aircraft carrier. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 The Titanic didn’t just have lower-class stowaways sketching nudes and falling in love with first-class passengers—the unsinkable ship also had a 784-square-foot gymnasium. Greg Presto, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsinkable was in 1663

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“Unsinkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsinkable. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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