[sey-uh-buh l]


of the sort that can be said or spoken; utterable: He felt a great deal that was not sayable.
capable of being said or stated clearly, effectively, etc.: The speech is as sayable today as when Demosthenes first composed it.

Origin of sayable

First recorded in 1855–60; say1 + -able
Related formsun·say·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unsayable

Contemporary Examples of unsayable

Historical Examples of unsayable

  • Talk, say the unsayable, bring his love in misty word lines before his eyes; look and forget a moment.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for unsayable



too insulting, indecent, etc, to be said


say the unsayable to express an opinion thought to be too controversial to mention
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