imponderable imponderable  /ɪm ˈpɑn də rə bəl/


  1. (n) a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed
  2. (adj) difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision


  1. The major imponderable in the life of Willis Carrier is whether he was actually a genius, which depends, of course, on the definition.
  2. That made it the natural place for Morris, Bill Clinton's essential campaign adviser, fidgety genius and imponderable co-author of the election-year comeback.


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    Can you patent genes? In Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, the U.S. Supreme Court answered this imponderable question with a split decision: You can’t if they are naturally occurring, and you’ve simply discovered the gene; but if you’ve crafted a synthetic gene, you’ve invented it -- and you can keep the patent. As sensible as this compromise sounds, it doesn’t reflect ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. "It's an imponderable as to why these players can't get better form. I watched the games too and I was baffled by what I saw, but I wasn't totally surprised. I think the expectation and they'd been away for a long time: there were a lot of factors....
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Sir Alex Ferguson Source: World News (blog)

  2. "I don't regret making him captain. The problem was, in the absence of Vaughan, there were so many unknowns," Fletcher wrote. "It is fascinating to wonder how good Strauss might have been as captain. But an imponderable is, how bad might Fred...
    on Oct 28, 2007 By: Duncan Fletcher Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

  3. "Well, that's an imponderable," Amis says. "Once they're a majority, you don't know, things change, the proportion that wants Sharia law is subject to expansion or contraction, but it's not stable. But [you can get] this sort of triumphalism...
    on Jan 28, 2008 By: Martin Amis Source: Independent

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