unverifiable

adjective
un·​ver·​i·​fi·​able | \ ˌən-ˌver-ə-ˈfī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unverifiable (audio) \

Definition of unverifiable

: unable to be confirmed or verified an unverifiable rumor … he told me stories that were so wild and unverifiable I didn't know what to say.— Ian Frazier

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Other Words from unverifiable

unverifiably \ ˌən-​ˌver-​ə-​ˈfī-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unverifiably (audio) \ adverb

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References to drug use, though unverifiable, abound in the historical record. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "Ancient drug paraphernalia reveals that people smoked pot in China 2,500 years ago," 12 June 2019 Modern psychiatry is hailed as a scientific success story, and drug companies have profited from the fact that talking therapies are often thought to take too long, their results frequently dismissed as unverifiable. The New York Review of Books, "Jamieson Webster," 19 Nov. 2018 Articles bounce around social media, one as plausible-looking as the other, unverifiable or bunk news mixed in with the real stuff, and no one knows what (or who) to believe. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 Granted, there are many accounts of people leaping to fantastical conclusions about unverifiable spiritual experiences. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A cardinal's song, or a spiritual experience?," 5 July 2018 Clans whose source of wealth is currently unverifiable or derives primarily from the state, such as the sprawling House of Saud, are also absent. Bloomberg.com, "Trillion Dollar Inheritance: The World’s Biggest Family Fortunes," 27 June 2018 Many are unverifiable — who decides whether a building is haunted? Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Rooftop pools? Haunted buildings? 8 Arizona university myths debunked, confirmed," 20 June 2018 What the United States has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. Byron Tau, WSJ, "GOP Lawmakers Optimistic About Korea Talks Amid Concerns Over Lack of Details," 12 June 2018 In the wake of attacks in Rakhine, there was a massive spread of fake news on Facebook, including unverifiable stories, videos, and pictures — some decades old. Alice Driver, Longreads, "No Journalist Should Have to Know How to Survive in Prison," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of unverifiable

1861, in the meaning defined above

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