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

Definition of conceivable

: capable of being conceived : imaginable every conceivable combination

Other Words from conceivable

conceivability \ kən-​ˌsē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce conceivable (audio) \ noun
conceivableness \ kən-​ˈsē-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce conceivable (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.
Recent Examples on the Web China’s military modernization is approaching a point where an invasion of the island is conceivable, though still daunting and risk filled. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Or they get labeled insular by people who do not—as the Asknots do, because their jobs require it—interact daily with members of the public representing every conceivable point of view. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 But the only conceivable way that Ukrainian civilians could be made safe is if Western forces intervene in the conflict or Russian President Vladimir Putin suddenly calls off his onslaught. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Groundbreaking science like this underpins the Smithsonian’s mission to increase knowledge and share it with the world—knowledge of all conceivable kinds. Lonnie G. Bunch Iii, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 The individual, the changeable, and the subjective were, as ever, the enemies of this way of thinking, which sought truths that would persist through every conceivable shift in perspective and circumstance. Hari Kunzru, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 From the foot of my bed, Bali's Buahan Valley unfurls in layer upon lush layer of bamboo and palms in every conceivable shade of green. Chris Schalkx, Vogue, 21 June 2022 With its 15 touch buttons, two dials and four analog buttons, any conceivable action can be custom assigned based on the user’s preferences. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Actually, Fauci has publicly spoken many times about his belief that this was conceivable, though unlikely. Anna Peele, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conceivable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Conceivable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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