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Impossible to know, especially being beyond the range of human experience or understanding: the unknowable mysteries of life.

un·know′a·bil′i·ty, un·know′a·ble·ness n.
un·know′a·ble n.
un·know′a·bly adv.
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1. incapable of being known or understood
a. beyond human understanding
b. (as noun): the unknowable.
unˈknowableness, unˌknowaˈbility n
unˈknowably adv


(Philosophy) the Unknowable philosophy the ultimate reality that underlies all phenomena but cannot be known
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(ʌnˈnoʊ ə bəl)

1. not knowable; incapable of being known or understood.
2. something that is unknowable.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unknowable - not knowable; "the unknowable mysteries of life"
cognisable, cognizable, cognoscible, knowable - capable of being known
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[ˈʌnˈnəʊəbl] ADJ (esp liter) → inconocible
the unknowablelo inconocible
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adj truthsunbegreiflich, unfassbar; personverschlossen
n the Unknowabledas Unfassbare
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[ʌnˈnəʊəbl] adjinconoscibile
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An awareness, more or less articulated depending upon both education and inclination to introspect, that the final disposition of one's eternal soul is inevitably and unknowably fixed could easily lead to the logical conclusion that, because one was already permanently either damned or saved, adherence to moral law was irrelevant (Visions 177).
In "Hated in the Nation," Brooker pivots from social media's unknowably diffuse intent to government surveillance's vast intelligence --and asks if either massive network ends up making us more connected or safer.
In this project that moves from the unknowably ancient depths of the fairy tale to the far futures imagined in feminist space fictions, Lacey brings an impressive spectrum of texts together under a common rubric, underscoring how these fictions share a common project, a common writing strategy: this common ethic of becoming.
Thus, it does not involve itself with essence/existence where the former is unknowably at the heart of the latter.