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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 of unknowable
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see un-1, knowable
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  • Make a desert of the unknowable, and the divine Astraea of philosophic peace will commence her blessed reign.

  • The Universe, knowable and unknowable, will it be affected a whit by it?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • To affirm and to deny that it is good would both equally be to profess knowledge of the unknowable.

    Evolution Frank B. Jevons
  • In either case, is the correct word 'unknown' or 'unknowable'?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • He got lost while in a dark brown study and drifted into the bosom of the unknowable.

    Remarks Bill Nye
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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