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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Chemistry questions aside, Irving is an upgrade over Russell by nearly every conceivable metric, even after D-Lo’s career year in 2018-19. Michael Shapiro,, "Why We Shouldn't Underestimate Kyrie and the Nets This Year," 5 Aug. 2019 Laverne Cox on the cover of TIME, 2014 Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME Orange broke that mold in just about every conceivable way. Time, "Orange Is the New Black Is the Decade's Most Important Show," 22 July 2019 But there is too much evidence that Mr Johnson remains the world’s best player for any conceivable home-course advantage to vault Mr McIlroy into a distinct tier. D.r., The Economist, "Can Rory McIlroy win on his home turf?," 17 July 2019 Always will be, with no conceivable way to separate the two. Chris Fedor,, "JR Smith’s legacy with Cleveland Cavaliers is…complicated: Chris Fedor," 16 July 2019 He was also accused of targeting and shooting civilians, including a young girl, with no conceivable military justification. David French, National Review, "Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Acquittal Reminds Us to Never Rush to Judgment," 3 July 2019 And now, scientists have been able to create gears that work on the smallest conceivable scale: microgears smaller than the width of a human hair. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Create Microgears That Are Slimmer Than a Human Hair," 11 Jan. 2016 The obstacles are both technical — preparing cars for any conceivable circumstance — and psychological — overcoming consumers’ fears, which increased after a self-driving Uber hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona last year. Carolyn Said,, "Cruise targets San Francisco for large robot-taxi fleet," 24 July 2019 At this point, there’s no conceivable way Big Baller Brand could come back and succeed. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Big Baller Brand's demise looks imminent with sad clearance sale at a local gym," 16 July 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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