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unknowable

[uhn-noh-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈnoʊ ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not knowable; incapable of being known or understood.
noun
2.
something that is unknowable.
3.
the Unknowable, the postulated reality lying behind all phenomena but not cognizable by any of the processes by which the mind cognizes phenomenal objects.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see un-1, knowable
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  • For the next few days, the world teetered on the brink of an unknowable nuclear engagement.
  • We've watched her grow up from afar, a silent figure both famous and unknowable in her parents' turbulent life.
  • As will be demonstrated, the value of the bribes is not unknowable.
  • Both have unknowable difficulties and will produce surprise events.
  • The government is not going to price to some unknowable socially optimal amount of pharma market power.
  • Ultimately though, the future judgments and actions of the candidates are unknowable, obscured behind time's cloak.
  • The vast majority of physicists today believe that the subatomic realm really is, in some sense, unknowable.
  • There is a difference between my mindset and that of an agnostic, an agnostic claims that the subject is unknowable.
  • Still there will always be things that are unknowable.
  • What had seemed unknowable was suddenly reduced to a set of equations.
British Dictionary definitions for unknowable

unknowable

/ʌnˈnəʊəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being known or understood
2.
  1. beyond human understanding
  2. (as noun): the unknowable
Derived Forms
unknowableness, unknowability, noun
unknowably, adverb

Unknowable

/ʌnˈnəʊəbəl/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the Unknowable, the ultimate reality that underlies all phenomena but cannot be known
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