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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Subsequent mistakes by the Obama administration eroded the achievements of the surge and contributed to an unraveling that brought Iraq, in 2014, to the brink of a collapse even more catastrophic than what had been conceivable in 2006. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 Facebook is rapidly becoming known as one of the least trustworthy enterprises on the planet, with a core business dependent on invading users’ privacy in every conceivable way. Michael Hiltzik,, "You don’t trust Facebook to protect your privacy. Why trust it as a banker?," 21 June 2019 The most conceivable would require the Padres’ going under slot with perhaps every single one of their 11 picks inside the first 10 rounds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: The draft is over. Now it’s time to see how the Padres can make their money work for them.," 7 June 2019 But some recent developments have made the prospect a bit more conceivable. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico," 6 June 2019 By then, the only conceivable strategy to apply was the blunt force of four separate hoses: Water gushed ankle deep out of the front door and all the way down the hill to Mass Ave. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 By any conceivable measure, the education that the inmates at the Bard Prison Initiative receive is vastly superior to the standard academic experience of the roughly 20 million undergraduates in the United States. Jonathan Zimmerman, The New York Review of Books, "Jonathan Zimmerman," 21 Mar. 2019 There may be a more conceivable way for these actors to don their wizard robes once again. Alison Wild,, "Harry Potter stars Rupert Grint and Tom Felton on if — and how — they'd return to the wizarding world," 13 June 2019 The only conceivable end to the nightmare is to find the boy and get over the border to Thailand. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Khmer Rouge — in an Animated Movie," 6 June 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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