Definitions

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  • adj. Not placeable; that cannot be placed.

Etymologies

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un- + place + -able

Examples

  • Eight states pay up to $200,000 per student, per year, to send otherwise "unplaceable" children with autism, psychological and behavioral disorders to the residential institution that uses aversive therapy to control many of its young inmates.

    Phoning It In

  • The spices give it a beguiling but unplaceable bitterness that cuts through slightly sweet flavors of honey and bubblegum.

    La Dolce Birra

  • I remember his presence and that peculiar, unplaceable accent whenever he spoke, which was seldom and always with a timidity that gave the impression that he was inhaling the words.

    Hisham Matar | Embedded or The Silent Countenance of Suleiman al Dewani

  • What was he doing here, this middle-aged man from over the seas with his unplaceable accent, alone in this wilderness, so far from his colleagues, in this little country lane?

    Margaret Drabble | Trespassing

  • Every level of this poetry is a plunge back into the womb, where dark fears and unplaceable anxieties inform each waking moment.

    Anis Shivani: Philip Levine and Other Mediocrities: What it Takes to Ascend to the Poet Laureateship

  • It disturbs me when I catch a whiff of something that hits me between the eyes with familiarity, but is somehow unplaceable.

    january reading

  • One of those weird unplaceable American hybrid books, like something Paul Metcalf might have written, if Metcalf had been a romantically wounded Southerner and not

    An Amazon.com Books Blog featuring news, reviews, interviews and guest author blogs.

  • The American voices around me talked on, here and there another accent, an unplaceable one pitched lower than the others.

    The Legacy

  • Would these sea swifts, as brilliantly un-placed and unplaceable as ever, be the last I would see this year?

    A Year on the Wing

  • He was oddly unplaceable: C.L. R. James, the brainy Trinidadian Marxist theorist and cricket writer, noticed at the time that Grant appeared both American and quintessentially English; at once subtle and rollicking, he seemed to James to anticipate nothing less than “a new social type.”

    Becoming Cary Grant

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