Definition of unanswerable in English:



  • 1Unable to be answered.

    ‘unanswerable questions concerning our own mortality’
    • ‘Therefore all questions posed about entities outside the universe are ultimately unanswerable, though proposed answers vary in their plausibility.’
    • ‘And even as you hear yourself ask, ‘Who is the fairest’, you realise that you have invited in so many other unanswerable questions.’
    • ‘Someone has got to answer the unanswerable question.’
    • ‘The question, though, that I m asking, is not so much how these crimes are handled - it s more the unanswerable question of why are these crimes happening?’
    • ‘Although the initial horror has passed, the news cycle-with its insatiable appetite, continues to demand to be fed with more stories, more coverage, more answers to unanswerable questions.’
    • ‘I would venture to suggest, that for many families, the notebooks they clutch in their sweaty hands are often more like prayer books that help them search for answers to the often unanswerable questions they face.’
    • ‘After drinking too much wine, and finding it a little difficult to type, the dizzy blonde returns to ponder the biggest, most unanswerable question of all, in every situation.’
    • ‘Likewise, wherever you study, there's always the unanswerable question of whether it would have been better done somewhere else.’
    • ‘It perhaps remains an unanswerable question since disciplines of knowledge and their institutional base are infinitely varied and certainly without straightforward, linear pathways.’
    • ‘Rather, it presents a collection of ideas and findings by people who have been grappling with big, unanswerable questions all their lives.’
    • ‘Why don't you spend more time writing what you're supposed to be writing, and less time making up unanswerable questions that make us look like we don't know what we're talking about?’
    • ‘She paced around her bedroom waiting for answers to questions which were unanswerable.’
    • ‘And so we're going to be faced with all these unanswerable questions, and maybe we won't learn some of the lessons.’
    • ‘But that is unknowable, the unanswerable question.’
    • ‘The only person who could feasibly answer such unanswerable questions would be an actual dead author.’
    • ‘The earlier versions are famously protracted and meditative, pondering unanswerable questions concerning life, death and desire.’
    • ‘People can be left feeling rejected, isolated and always having to deal with the unanswerable question of why.’
    • ‘The unanswered questions may be unanswerable, but the attempt should be made.’
    • ‘Because no attempts were made to re-interview informants, we are left with questions that are either unanswerable or the answers to which can only be deduced from other informants' replies.’
    • ‘I'm going to ask Dick the unanswerable show business question, what works?’
    insoluble, unsolvable, insolvable, unresolvable, unexplainable, inexplicable, unascertainable
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    1. 1.1 Unable to be disclaimed or proved wrong.
      ‘the case for abolishing the fee is unanswerable’
      • ‘If - I have to use that word again, since the messages remain mixed - this is indeed what happens, it really will be an unanswerable demonstration that the game is up for worthwhile reform under Labour.’
      • ‘Having just returned from Iceland - a country which sits on top of the site where the two tectonic plates of Europe and America meet - I feel I have confronted evidence which makes the case for global warming virtually unanswerable.’
      • ‘MP] assumes its points of contention - some valid, some invalid - are under its terms and conditions unanswerable and unassailable.’
      • ‘I could not even defend myself, because the charge of racism and racial insensitivity is ultimately unanswerable.’
      • ‘The case for acting on the basis of good intelligence to discover and prevent terrorism is obviously unanswerable.’
      • ‘But its final gesture is insinuating and unanswerable.’
      • ‘Or, to speak more strictly, the insane explanation, if not conclusive, is at least unanswerable; this may be observed specially in the two or three commonest kinds of madness.’
      • ‘They need not accept as unknowable and unanswerable the mystery that entered their lives, almost destroyed them, and turned their worlds upside down.’
      • ‘Yet, in our view, such problems are answerable whereas the scientific evidence for an old Earth and old universe seems unanswerable.’
      • ‘The Crown's case here that they would be in an impossible position if they had to prove both dishonesty and carelessness seems to me unanswerable.’
      • ‘The political argument for restraint is straightforward and, it seems to me, unanswerable.’
      irrefutable, inarguable, unarguable, indisputable, undeniable, incontestable, incontrovertible
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