Definition of unobservable in English:


Pronunciation /ˌənəbˈzərvəbəl/


  • Not able to be observed.

    ‘However, we can sometimes infer some of the particle's unobservable properties from what we can observe.’
    • ‘The behaviorist, like the molecular biologist or astrophysicist, assumes that, for the most part, unobservable events obey the same laws as the observable ones they can study.’
    • ‘But because structural changes to the true genealogy are generally unobservable, these studies all assume that observed variation is neutral, whereas the variation on which selection acts is unseen.’
    • ‘Electrical chemical instruments allow for the naturally unobservable, such as molecules, to be observed.’
    • ‘In quantum field theories, the actual field values are one of these unobservable things; what we can actually see is discrete excitations of the fields that we call ‘particles.’’
    • ‘Controlling for all of these observable differences through matching or multivariate methods may well be possible, but considerable unobservable heterogeneity that would be difficult to control for would probably remain.’
    • ‘But if ‘unobservable’ is thus interpreted, it seems to be true that material objects are unobservable, and the recognition of this truth could hardly be regarded as a matter for reproach.’
    • ‘National portraits typically underestimate change as well as variation, and their explanatory schemas commonly invoke unobservable traditions more than socio-economic institutions.’
    • ‘It involved appeal to the flow of energy governed by thermodynamics and differential equations - all concepts possessing unobservable aspects - and made full use of a manifold of mental pictures.’
    • ‘There is, of course, the question of unobservable costs - and read Ambassador Peter Galbraith's disturbing account in the Boston Globe on that issue.’
    • ‘As in the analysis of the sample, they use a statistical model in which the intention of the voters - an unobservable variable - is measured, with some error, by different events.’
    • ‘I could understand such a view in a religious believer - as religious believers believe in lots of mysterious, mystical and unobservable stuff - but Keith is an atheist!’
    • ‘If nothing else, Wringe v Cohen shifts the burden of proof from the claimant to the defendant, since it is the occupier who must establish that the nuisance was caused by a trespasser or a secret unobservable process of nature.’
    • ‘In the writings of the logical empiricists this view was closely allied to a sceptical attitude concerning the ontological status of the unobservable things postulated by scientific theories.’
    • ‘Does the same evolutionary predilection lead physicists and mathematicians to see beauty in the unobserved, or unobservable?’
    • ‘I choose to hold the belief that every act of magic has some effect, even if it is so miniscule (or cosmic, or seemingly unrelated) as to be unobservable.’
    • ‘During October, Mercury remains close to the Sun and so is unobservable until its return to the evening sky later in November.’
    • ‘I tend to think that statements like ‘there is an unobservable pink fairy on my shoulder’ are meaningless.’
    • ‘Most of the damage caused to the crops occurs during the underground, unobservable parasitism stage.’
    • ‘Similarly, a firm may value worker characteristics that are unobservable to employment agencies but quite observable to family and friends.’