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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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Examples from the web for unanswerable
  • Reflecting upon these almost unanswerable problems carries over to the rest of their lives.
  • The partner at the venture firm had asked an unanswerable question to see how the pair would respond.
  • These questions are admittedly unanswerable if one has dealt only with dream-symbolism.
  • His library was great, his reading and learning unanswerable, himself a living and better library.
  • But he preferred to leave that style of argument to those who deem it unanswerable, universal and all-powerful.
  • These are not rhetorical questions, even though they are probably unanswerable by you.
  • But these questions, however worthy, are unanswerable.
  • It is a question that is essentially unanswerable by even people who are the shrewdest players in the financial markets.
  • Certain details, the rescue teams said, were simply unanswerable.
  • For all those years, the question remained steadfastly unanswerable.
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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