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or namable

[ney-muh-buh l] /ˈneɪ mə bəl/
capable of or susceptible to being named or identified; identifiable.
worth mentioning by name; notable; memorable.
Origin of nameable
1770-80; name + -able
Related forms
nameability, noun
unnameable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The unnameable is the originator of Heaven and earth; manifesting itself as the Nameable, it is “the mother of all things.”

    Myths and Legends of China E. T. C. Werner
  • Within the sea of light I glimpsed shapes cyclopean, unnameable.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • He was in the pilot's seat, fingering controls that blistered his hands and cramped his arms with an unnameable force.

  • And beside the unnameable supreme God there is another God, the creator Urizen, who is a sort of divine demon.

    William Blake Irene Langridge
  • The man cursed, devoting himself and Paul to unnameable penalties.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • I saw several peasants dragged from their hovels and shot, and the women treated with unnameable barbarity.

  • Where is he now—the unknown, the unnameable, the unforgettable ideal?

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Then I gathered about me all the strange and unnameable possessions of a tropical laboratory—and moved.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • Hunger they could endure, but they were driven to dreadful and unnameable expedients to quench the thirst that consumed them.

  • Well, if his inexorable fate was to be an unnameable climax, it had also its special phases, and one of these I had just averted.

    The Sacred Fount Henry James

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