unaccountably

adverb

un·​ac·​count·​ably ˌən-ə-ˈkau̇n-tə-blē How to pronounce unaccountably (audio)
1
: in an unaccountable manner
looking unaccountably upset
heat was unaccountably disappearing
2
: for reasons that are hard to understand
unaccountably, he stayed right there

Example Sentences

She was looking unaccountably upset. Unaccountably, the problem was ignored.
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Word History

First Known Use

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unaccountably was in 1687

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“Unaccountably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccountably. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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