untranslatable

adjective un·trans·lat·able \ ˌən-tran(t)s-ˈlā-tə-bəl , -tranz- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of untranslatable

:unable to be translated :not translatable
  • an untranslatable phrase
  • a word untranslatable from German
  • Those reflective undercurrents would seem to be untranslatable to the screen.
  • —Mel Gussow

untranslatability

play \ˌən-(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˌlā-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -(ˌ)tranz-\ noun
    • … a revealing exposition of the untranslatability of a joke about weasels and tractors.
    • —Brian Logan

untranslatably

play \ˌən-tran(t)s-ˈlā-tə-blē, -tranz-\ adverb

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1655


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