Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

unthinkable

play
adjective un·think·able \-ˈthiŋ-kə-bəl\

Simple Definition of unthinkable

  • : impossible to imagine or believe : too bad or shocking to be thought of

Full Definition of unthinkable

  1. 1 :  not capable of being grasped by the mind

  2. 2 :  being contrary to what is reasonable, desirable, or probable :  being out of the question

un·think·abil·i·ty play \ˌən-ˌthiŋ-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
un·think·ably play \ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kə-blē\ adverb

Examples of unthinkable

  1. <to most people it seemed unthinkable that such a gentle man could be guilty of such awful crimes>



15th Century

First Known Use of unthinkable

15th century

Rhymes with unthinkable




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up unthinkable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift kittly-benders duvet pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ