con·​ceiv·​able | \ kən-ˈsē-və-bəl How to pronounce conceivable (audio) \

Definition of conceivable

: capable of being conceived : imaginable every conceivable combination

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Other Words from conceivable

conceivability \ kən-​ˌsē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce conceivability (audio) \ noun
conceivableness \ kən-​ˈsē-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce conceivableness (audio) \ noun

Examples of conceivable in a Sentence

They discussed the question from every conceivable angle. It is conceivable that she will refuse to go.

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From mid-morning until dusk, the main channel between Gleason Point and Tierra del Fuego was used by every conceivable type of water navigation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: San Diego’s Mission Bay aquatic park dedicated 70 years ago," 6 Sep. 2019 Our students hail from 123 countries and represent every conceivable background and walk of life. WSJ, "Yale Is Right to Actively Cultivate Diversity," 28 Apr. 2019 Belts in every conceivable fabric and color will accentuate those tiny waistlines and scarfs will provide the accent color to diversify basic wardrobes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 Serena clung to the hem of Venus’s tennis shorts in every conceivable way. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, "Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?," 22 Aug. 2019 The walls are made primarily of rocks and boulders of every conceivable shape and size. Jay Jones,, "Michigan town famous for ‘gnome houses’ — which occasionally go up for sale — will honor the architect with the renovated Hotel Earl," 13 Aug. 2019 Such a result is impossible in any conceivable universe. Quanta Magazine, "The Puzzling Search for Perfect Randomness," 20 Aug. 2019 Almost any conceivable mission to Mars requires something like a 500-day stay on the Red Planet before the orbits of the planets permit a journey home. Anchorage Daily News, "What the Space Age taught us: Earth is the best of all possible worlds," 23 June 2019 The best days of every Free State summer are back, offering horse racing, a carnival midway and rides, agriculture and livestock exhibits, vendors galore and, of course, almost every conceivable kind of food. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Maryland State Fair, The Wallflowers, Arts in the Park and more," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of conceivable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of conceivable

: able to be imagined : imaginable or possible


con·​ceiv·​able | \ kən-ˈsē-və-bəl How to pronounce conceivable (audio) \

Kids Definition of conceivable

: possible to imagine or understand They serve ice cream in every conceivable flavor.

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