con·ceiv·able | \ kən-ˈsē-və-bəl \

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 \ noun
conceivableness \kən-ˈsē-və-bəl-nəs \ 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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Ter Stegen is seen as very happy with his status at Barca, as well as his family life in Spain, and isn't considered to be a conceivable acquisition., "Bayern Considering Move for Barcelona's Jasper Cillessen Amid Concerns Over Manuel Neuer's Fitness," 10 Feb. 2018 And since Jackson won't play in this game, that outcome is conceivable. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Virginia," 5 July 2018 That became clear this week with the resignation of two British cabinet members, underscoring that no conceivable plan would satisfy all parties. Dan Stewart, Time, "The 3 Big Takeaways from Donald Trump's Controversial Interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 There's a lot of talk that companies including Apple, Google, and Microsoft will try to embrace ARM SoCs in future laptops, but a lot of under-the-hood work has to happen before those devices are conceivable. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 The man puts in endless hours working on every conceivable shot, hoisting hundreds a day, while also finding time to perfect his sublime handle. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "King Curry returns to a rapturous reception," 1 May 2018 Gilbert did, and the Cavs won a title, helping James erase the one conceivable blemish on his personal playing legacy, now made up of four MVP awards and three championship rings. Dylan Scott, Vox, "LeBron James and the NBA teach us a lot about labor in America," 6 July 2018 In 31 consecutive losses, Kentucky has already scripted out almost every conceivable way to lose to a team, so there’s no shortage of history to draw on for the blueprint to how Mark Stoops’ team comes up short this year. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can end its losing streak to Florida in 2018," 3 July 2018 Gabrielle Union has famously worn nearly every conceivable hair look, and now the beauty-chameleon actor just got a gorgeous new bob that marks a major milestone in her life: This is the first time Union's own hair has ever gotten a major chop. Lindsey V Thompson, Allure, "Gabrielle Union Just Cut Her Hair Into a Short Bob for the First Time Ever," 22 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of conceivable

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

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