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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And feather boas of every conceivable color. Swords, too, and books and masks and crowns and bins of that fabulous fake food. David Lyman,, "'Chocolate Factory' of props reopens in Covington," 16 Feb. 2018 Restaurants offer specials for every conceivable holiday. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Should Celebrate Valentine's Day—Even If You Don't Want To," 13 Feb. 2019 Frank Robinson is, by any conceivable measure, on the short list of the best players in baseball history. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies at Age 83," 7 Feb. 2019 What conceivable purpose was there in stubbornly defending a decision caused by a clerical error? Alex Kozinski, WSJ, "How a Pointless Lawsuit Took Off," 24 Jan. 2019 Here's a look at some wild-yet-conceivable predictions for the coming weeks — before all the seeding is solidified. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Five bold projections for March Madness: Will Michigan go all the way?," 4 Mar. 2018 The technology is conceivable, but difficult to master. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Russia Unveiled a New Arsenal of Nuclear Weapons. Should You Be Scared?," 2 Mar. 2018 Today, there are 26 maisons representing every conceivable fashion expertise, including gloves (Causse), millinery (Maison Michel), goldsmiths (Goossens), and cashmere (Barrie). Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 From a prior odds perspective, the likelihood of a plot so enormous and intricate coming together out of all other conceivable possibilities is vanishingly small. Liv Boeree, Vox, "How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions," 30 Nov. 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 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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