Definition of unquantifiable in English:



  • Impossible to express or measure in terms of quantity.

    ‘the reasons for these changes are manifold and mostly unquantifiable’
    • ‘Even with the terrible murder of Jean McConville and the unquantifiable devastation it brought to a whole family for decades on end, the half-statement of half-regret was so measured as to be almost insulting.’
    • ‘It took 30 years, 3,500 deaths, 10,000 injuries, an unquantifiable number of traumatised individuals, the loss of thousands of jobs and the destruction of millions of pounds worth of property.’
    • ‘In addition to the unquantifiable loss of more than 6,300 lives, more than 100,000 jobs have already been cut and more than £280 bn has been wiped off the value of blue chip firms in London and New York.’
    • ‘The family of Mrs Dennis are supporting a national campaign to get the government to ignore the advice of NICE and to take into account the unquantifiable gain for the families of Alzheimer's sufferers rather than the cost of the drugs.’
    • ‘He notes, for instance, that a sizable and yet unquantifiable percentage of Arabic manuscripts on all topics pertaining to the early Islamic period remains unpublished and, in some cases, uncatalogued.’
    • ‘Usually this arises in cases where the nature of the damage is such as to be inherently unquantifiable in monetary terms, but I do not think that it is limited to such cases.’
    • ‘On the one hand the parents' loss of rights to unpaid leave is real, in social terms, but unquantifiable.’
    • ‘It allows program managers to capture not only those costs and benefits that are internally quantifiable and unquantifiable, but to address potential benefits that may exist external to the program.’
    • ‘The boat show's international profile is also of huge, unquantifiable value, both to Southampton and to the UK's leisure marine sector.’
    • ‘That idea was anathema to many art historians, who believe that creativity is fragile and unquantifiable, that using the marketplace to evaluate art would sully the field…’
    • ‘It would be a mistake, however, to assume that because certain risks are unquantifiable in their own terms, no comparative judgments can be made with respect to them.’
    • ‘In short, Kirmani tries to quantify the unquantifiable, and ends up looking like Don Quixote ferociously tilting at the scientific windmill.’
    • ‘‘There are also other aspects to be borne in mind including the difficulty in restricting public access to ports, staff training and the unquantifiable cost of the entire operation,’ he said.’
    • ‘This research will also lead to important, but as yet unquantifiable, benefits in terms of improved water quality.’
    • ‘Much of this brick of a book is devoted to explaining, in tiresome detail, just how Mr. Murray goes about quantifying the seemingly unquantifiable.’
    • ‘Something about this war is eating Bush's detractors alive, something unquantifiable with conventional weights and measures.’
    • ‘However the risk that compensation will be substantial is unquantifiable, and it is also impossible, on the evidence, to form any assessment of the possible impact on council tax payers.’
    • ‘Another reason is some unquantifiable matter of ‘ownership’, which is probably a reflection of ambition or ego, perhaps not altogether in flattering ways.’
    • ‘Dr Lowe said it was unquantifiable, to quantify it you would have to do extensive tests.’
    • ‘By the way, unquantifiable is the cost of having a continuous caravan of stinking garbage trucks marring the aesthetic beauty of the Ontario countryside. Call it an unfriendly to tourists feature.’