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[uhn-mi-stey-kuh-buh l] /ˌʌn mɪˈsteɪ kə bəl/
not mistakable; clear; obvious.
Origin of unmistakable
1660-70; un-1 + mistakable
Related forms
unmistakableness, noun
unmistakably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The brushwork, and that uncannily clever characterisation, were unmistakable.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
  • “The man is virtually a cripple,” he added with unmistakable feeling.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • So there would be an unmistakable trail all the way, and there was no need to worry over the snow.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
  • And my father, opening up by degrees, showed an unmistakable relish for Joe.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Easily enough told,—come, we must not lose a moment, and as we go I will tell you an unmistakable sign.

British Dictionary definitions for unmistakable


not mistakable; clear, obvious, or unambiguous
Derived Forms
unmistakableness, unmistakeableness, noun
unmistakably, unmistakeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unmistakable

1660s, from un- (1) "not" + mistake + -able. Related: Unmistakably.

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