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unanswerable

[uhn-an-ser-uh-buh l, -ahn-] /ʌnˈæn sər ə bəl, -ˈɑn-/
adjective
1.
not capable of being answered; not having a known or discoverable answer:
an unanswerable question.
2.
not open to dispute or rebuttal; irrefutable; conclusive:
an unanswerable proof.
Origin of unanswerable
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; un-1 + answerable
Related forms
unanswerableness, noun
unanswerably, adverb
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  • Perhaps she did not wish to answer a question so unanswerable.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Ought he not to have felt assured that I must have unanswerable motives for all that I had done?

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • It were to be wished, that this Objection were unanswerable.

  • I have nothing else to say; your arguments, Don Lope, are unanswerable.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • But he had an alibi all the time, my child; an unanswerable alibi which he preferred to withhold.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for unanswerable

unanswerable

/ʌnˈɑːnsərəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being refuted
2.
(of a question) not admitting of any answer
Derived Forms
unanswerableness, noun
unanswerably, adverb
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