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Definitions for unknowable
ʌnˈnoʊ ə bəlun·know·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unknowableadjective

    not knowable

    "the unknowable mysteries of life"


  1. unknowablenoun

    Something that cannot be known.

  2. unknowableadjective

    Not knowable.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unknowableadjective

    Not to be known.

    Distinguish well between knowables and unknowables. Isaac Watts.


  1. unknowable

    Epistemology ( (listen); from Ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη (epistḗmē) 'knowledge', and -logy), or the theory of knowledge, is the branch of philosophy concerned with knowledge. Epistemology is considered a major subfield of philosophy, along with other major subfields such as ethics, logic, and metaphysics.Epistemologists study the nature, origin, and scope of knowledge, epistemic justification, the rationality of belief, and various related issues. Debates in epistemology are generally clustered around four core areas: The philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and the conditions required for a belief to constitute knowledge, such as truth and justification Potential sources of knowledge and justified belief, such as perception, reason, memory, and testimony The structure of a body of knowledge or justified belief, including whether all justified beliefs must be derived from justified foundational beliefs or whether justification requires only a coherent set of beliefs Philosophical skepticism, which questions the possibility of knowledge, and related problems, such as whether skepticism poses a threat to our ordinary knowledge claims and whether it is possible to refute skeptical argumentsIn these debates and others, epistemology aims to answer questions such as "What do we know?", "What does it mean to say that we know something?", "What makes justified beliefs justified?", and "How do we know that we know?".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unknowable

    un-nō′a-bl, adj. incapable of being known.—n. that which cannot be known, the first or original cause: that which is cognisable only in its relations.—n. Unknow′ableness.—adv. Unknow′ably.—adj. Unknow′ing, ignorant, obtuse.—adv. Unknow′ingly.—n. Unknow′ingness.—adj. Unknown′, not known, mentally apprehended, recognised, or made know.—n. Unknown′ness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unknowable in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unknowable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unknowable in a Sentence

  1. Su Shih:

    My writing is like a ten gallon spring. It can issue from the ground anywhere at all. On smooth ground it rushes swiftly on and covers a thouasand li in a single day without difficulty. When it twists and turns among mountains and rocks, it fits its form to things it meets: unknowable. What can be known is, it always goes where it must go, always stops where it cannot help stopping -- nothing else. More than that, even I cannot know.

  2. Peter Fuhrman:

    It's a sign of companies' complete lack of confidence in their ability to calculate how long they would have to wait to get a primary IPO listing in China. It's absolutely unknowable at this stage.

  3. H. L. Mencken:

    Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.

  4. Leonard Bernstein:

    Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

  5. Leonard Bernstein:

    Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

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