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im pon duh ruh buhl

  • n  a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed
    human behavior depends on many imponderables
  • a  difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision
    such imponderable human factors as aesthetic sensibility

  • In his birch-paneled office within the dark-towered Kremlin, Joseph Stalin (pronounced Stal-yn), an imponderable, soberly persistent Asiatic, worked at his desk 16 to 18 hours a day.
  • Did he understand himself to be both God and man, and what imponderable struggles of the soul would that have meant for him during his sojourn on earth?.
  • The major imponderable in the life of Willis Carrier is whether he was actually a genius, which depends, of course, on the definition.
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  • BREAKING NEWS Wholesale Prices in U.S. Climb More Than Forecast
    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 ...
    June 14, 2013 - Bloomberg

  • Duncan Fletcher in Melbourne Herald Sun
    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.... Sir Alex Ferguson World News (blog) Jul 6, 2010 50128 67795 imponderable 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...
  • Martin Amis in Independent
    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...

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