un·​test·​able ˌən-ˈte-stə-bəl How to pronounce untestable (audio)
: not capable of being tested : not confirmable
an untestable hypothesis

Examples of untestable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The authors question this position on the grounds that modern economic theory is either untestable or, typically, persists despite frequent empirical refutations of its assumptions or predictions. Richard N. Cooper, Foreign Affairs, 13 Feb. 2017 And unlike simply attacking an opponent’s record or making a campaign promise, such alternative realities enjoy the benefit of being untestable. Angelo Fichera, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 Unimpressed, Koch confronted Chalmers at a cocktail reception and denounced his information hypothesis as untestable and hence pointless. John Horgan, Scientific American, 26 June 2023 This is how scientists will confirm or refute seemingly untestable ideas in cosmology. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2014 This book is an evolutionary thought experiment—untestable, informative and great fun—asking what dogs would be like if human beings disappeared. David P. Barash, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 String theory, still the leading candidate to replace the Standard Model, has often been accused of being untestable. Quanta Magazine, 7 Sep. 2021 But the multiverse idea remains untested and probably untestable. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2021 My personal, untestable hypothesis is that the election’s bottom line will be emotional. Laura Akers, Scientific American, 3 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untestable was circa 1909

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“Untestable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untestable. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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