[ uhn-an-ser-uh-buh l, -ahn- ]
/ ʌnˈæn sər ə bəl, -ˈɑn- /


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 forms

un·an·swer·a·ble·ness, nounun·an·swer·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unanswerable


/ (ʌnˈɑːnsərəbəl) /


incapable of being refuted
(of a question) not admitting of any answer

Derived Forms

unanswerableness, noununanswerably, adverb
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