[uhn-an-ser-uh-buh l, -ahn-]


not capable of being answered; not having a known or discoverable answer: an unanswerable question.
not open to dispute or rebuttal; irrefutable; conclusive: an unanswerable proof.

Origin of unanswerable

First recorded in 1605–15; un-1 + answerable
Related formsun·an·swer·a·ble·ness, nounun·an·swer·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unanswerable

Contemporary Examples of unanswerable

Historical Examples of unanswerable

  • Perhaps she did not wish to answer a question so unanswerable.


    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



incapable of being refuted
(of a question) not admitting of any answer
Derived Formsunanswerableness, noununanswerably, adverb
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