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[uhn-fath -uh-muh-buh l] /ʌnˈfæð ə mə bəl/
not able to be fathomed, or completely understood; incomprehensible:
heroism in the face of unfathomable conflict.
not able to be measured with a sounding line, or fathomed:
unfathomable depths of the ocean.
Related forms
unfathomableness, noun Unabridged
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  • Without the full support of my parents such a feat was unfathomable.
  • Indeed, every great image has an unfathomable oneiric depth to which the personal past adds special color.
  • His record of endurance at one school was unfathomable.
  • All this creates is needless war and unfathomable debt.
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  • The distance medicine has travelled in the couple of generations since is almost unfathomable for us today.
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  • If to the swallow life is an open book, to the snail it is unfathomable.
  • They were tame as can be, our woods, and yet at night they still filled with unfathomable shadows.
British Dictionary definitions for unfathomable


incapable of being fathomed; immeasurable
Derived Forms
unfathomableness, noun
unfathomably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unfathomable

1610s, originally in the figurative sense, of feelings, conditions, etc., from un- (1) "not" + fathomable. Literal sense attested from 1670s. Related: Unfathomably.

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