untestable

adjective
un·​test·​able | \ ˌən-ˈte-stə-bəl How to pronounce untestable (audio) \

Definition of untestable

: not capable of being tested : not confirmable an untestable hypothesis

Examples of untestable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Most researchers believed that social challenges drove greater intelligence, but the models were largely untestable. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2019 After doing a visual inspection of the ring boxes and shell casings, BCI technicians concluded the samples were untestable. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, 6 Mar. 2018 Today, very few would believe in this untestable hypothesis. Cody Delistraty, The Cut, 5 Sep. 2017 The past hundred years have seen a dramatically successful effort by physicists and astronomers to move this question from untestable philosophical and theological speculation to solid science. Peter Woit, WSJ, 17 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of untestable

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 24 Sep. 2022.

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