un·​teach·​able ˌən-ˈtē-chə-bəl How to pronounce unteachable (audio)
: unable to be taught : not teachable
unteachable lessons
There are no unteachable children.

Examples of unteachable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ability to filet the hardest of Sabalenka’s forehands, which come off her racket as hard as any shot in women’s tennis, with cutting volleys that showed off the unteachable touch of a billiards shark. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 8 June 2023 Keller has soared on his own with a career-high 34 goals, but possesses the unteachable ability to make his teammates around him better. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2023 Those factors certainly cannot hurt, along with an unteachable instinct to joke or joust at just the right time. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2022 Neither did anyone mind her unteachable connection to political royalty, who seemed likelier to agree to a sit-down with a fellow traveler. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2022 Despite losing his technique under pressure at other times, Lance managed a passer rating of 93.8 and showed some unteachable qualities. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Aug. 2021 Let it not be said these young Spurs are unteachable. Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 Fueled by swagger and unteachable instincts, Griffey grabbed the attention of young people during his 22-year career from 1989-2010. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 19 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unteachable was in the 15th century

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

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