un·​trace·​able | \ ˌən-ˈtrā-sə-bəl How to pronounce untraceable (audio) \

Definition of untraceable

: not able to be traced an untraceable phone call an untraceable source untraceable weapons

Examples of untraceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced his office was suing the manufacturers of three companies that make and distribute untraceable weapons, in what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind legal battle. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 Kyle said building or obtaining the untraceable ghost guns and parts like auto sears is likely to get easier in the near future. Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2021 The letter, signed by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, asked the administration to close the loophole in the law that allows untraceable guns to be made by people who wouldn’t legally be able to buy a weapon. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, 10 July 2021 Authorities say ghost guns are untraceable because the parts lack serial numbers and the guns, once assembled, are not registered as required under state law. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 The deterrence theory does not apply, because a surprise first attack may be untraceable. Kai-fu Lee, The Atlantic, 11 Sep. 2021 Nathaniel Berhow used an untraceable ghost gun for the attack. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 The lack of regulation underpins how dangerous and untraceable these products are. Kang-chun Cheng, Quartz, 11 Aug. 2021 Officers also found a handgun — a ghost gun, which are often made from kits, are often unregistered and untraceable, and are becoming more prolific. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of untraceable

1661, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2021

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“Untraceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untraceable. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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