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- adj. That cannot be ascertained; uncertain, unable to be determined or discovered.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not capable of being ascertained; incapable of being certainly known.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not able to be ascertained; resisting discovery
In his questioning of Osterhaus, Shepherd asked whether DCF had a means to determine whether prospective adoptive parents are susceptible to mental illness, drug abuse or domestic violence -- or whether such risks were '' unascertainable. ''
The back yard is unfenced, and extends to the skyline and an unascertainable bit beyond.
It's pretty preposterous, though, since -- putting aside the larger problem of turnout for Obama being suppressed by the knowledge that the election was unsanctioned -- there are presumably a fair, but unascertainable number of people who voted for Clinton who might have voted for Obama (or Edwards, or Richardson) had they been on the ballot.
Or is the answer to that question completely unascertainable and unknowable?
Nothing in the First Amendment requires that a jury must consider hypothetical and unascertainable “national standards” when attempting to determine whether certain materials are obscene as a matter of fact. . .
Nothing in the First Amendment requires that a jury must consider hypothetical and unascertainable “national standards” when attempting to determine whether certain materials are obscene as a matter of fact.
But this terror of contravening an unascertained and unascertainable will, cannot coexist with reflection: it disappears with civilization, and can no more be reproduced than the fear of ghosts after childhood.
We are left with a situation in which, simply put, Emma and Frank affect an unknown portion of the party in unknown ways by acting nonsensically for unknown (or unascertainable) reasons.
He was tired or temporarily overconfident or else the instance was one, familiar if not frequent, in which an able man for some unascertainable reason fails to grasp the realities of a problem he normally would master without prolonged effort.
All such states again as exist with stupefication (of the senses, the mind or the understanding) whose cause is unascertainable, and which are incomprehensible (by either reasons or inward light), should be known as ascribable to the action of
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