unanswerable


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un·an·swer·a·ble

 (ŭn-ăn′sər-ə-bəl)
adj.
Impossible to answer or refute; incontrovertible: unanswerable accusations.

un·an′swer·a·bil′i·ty, un·an′swer·a·ble·ness n.
un·an′swer·a·bly adv.
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unanswerable

(ʌnˈɑːnsərəbəl)
adj
1. incapable of being refuted
2. (of a question) not admitting of any answer
unˈanswerableness n
unˈanswerably adv
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un•an•swer•a•ble

(ʌnˈæn sər ə bəl, -ˈɑn-)

adj.
1. not capable of being answered: an unanswerable question.
2. not open to dispute or rebuttal; irrefutable: an unanswerable proof.
[1605–15]
un•an′swer•a•ble•ness, n.
un•an′swer•a•bly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unanswerable - impossible to answerunanswerable - impossible to answer; "an unanswerable argument"
incontestable, incontestible - incapable of being contested or disputed
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unanswerable

adjective
1. insoluble, unexplainable, unresolvable, unascertainable, insolvable They would ask their mother unanswerable questions.
2. indisputable, undeniable, irrefutable, conclusive, absolute, incontrovertible, unarguable, incontestable The argument for recruiting McGregor was unanswerable.
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Translations

unanswerable

[ʌnˈɑːnsərəbl] ADJ [question] → incontestable; [attack etc] → irrebatible, irrefutable
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unanswerable

adj questionnicht zu beantworten pred, → nicht zu beantwortend attr; argument, casezwingend, unwiderlegbar; that question is unanswerablediese Frage lässt sich nicht beantworten
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unanswerable

[ʌnˈɑːnsrəbl] adj (case, argument) → irrefutabile; (question) → senza risposta
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References in classic literature ?
It was a perfect answer to an argument which had seemed unanswerable.
Having entered that unanswerable protest, John Want shouldered the box, and drifted drearily out of the boat-house.
Bruno disposed of our doubts:--"After thirty years of medical practice, do you think I am likely to mistake the symptoms of death by bronchitis?" If ever there was an unanswerable question, there it is!
And of course it is all unanswerable, and as I ride along through the evening shadows I sneer at that Great Fetish which Comte called the world.
'And even should they consent,' said Toby, 'they would only produce a commotion in the valley, in which we might both be sacrificed by these ferocious islanders.' This was unanswerable; but still I clung to the belief that he might succeed in accomplishing the other part of my plan; and at last I overcame his scruples, and he agreed to make the attempt.
Armed with these arguments, which appeared to her unanswerable, she drove to her daughter's early one morning so as to find her alone.
It is impossible for me to suppose that a lady in your position, and possessed of your high principles, would make such a serious accusation as this, without unanswerable reasons for doing so.
Well may we hesitate to condemn the frailties of our fellow-creatures, for the one unanswerable reason that we can never feel sure how soon similar temptations may not lead us to be guilty of the same frailties ourselves.
He's getting great bumps over his eyes, and learning to ask the most unanswerable questions."
I have three unanswerable reasons for disliking Colonel Brandon; he threatened me with rain when I wanted it to be fine; he has found fault with the hanging of my curricle, and I cannot persuade him to buy my brown mare.
Lady Janet shut her eyes and destroyed the letter--Lady Janet is determined to live and die absolutely ignorant of the true story of 'Mercy Merrick.' What unanswerable riddles we are!
Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.