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[uhn-an-ser-uh-buh l, -ahn-] /ʌnˈæn sər ə bəl, -ˈɑn-/
not capable of being answered; not having a known or discoverable answer:
an unanswerable question.
not open to dispute or rebuttal; irrefutable; conclusive:
an unanswerable proof.
Origin of unanswerable
1605-15; un-1 + answerable
Related forms
unanswerableness, noun
unanswerably, adverb Unabridged
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  • For a second time the Sayotkatta yielded to the subtlety of these unanswerable arguments.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Ought he not to have felt assured that I must have unanswerable motives for all that I had done?

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • “I am never free to do things in the afternoons,”—a fact that Nan felt was unanswerable.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Master was unimpeachable; His terse, cogent assertions were unanswerable.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for unanswerable


incapable of being refuted
(of a question) not admitting of any answer
Derived Forms
unanswerableness, noun
unanswerably, adverb
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