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.
Recent Examples on the Web The brothers are almost four years apart in age but close by every other conceivable measure. Sam Riches, Longreads, "The NHL’s Lacrosse Takeover," 10 Aug. 2020 But their salvation could come, if at all, only at the cost of postponing justice for Black Americans, which Baldwin made clear was no longer conceivable. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "What to Do About William Faulkner," 8 Aug. 2020 At Crissy Field, a long walk was required from any conceivable parking place in a land far away. Steve Rubenstein,, "Uncle Sam’s big day not quite so star spangled," 4 July 2020 At least that outcome is conceivable, while $179 is not. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Has the market lost its mind? Probably. But there’s a slim chance that equities are entering a new era of high valuations," 5 June 2020 But that name invited confusion, suggesting that advocates wanted free attorneys for every conceivable civil case. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, "No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice," 22 June 2020 The doctored photos on the website weren’t part of a photo illustration — the only conceivable time changing the content of a photo would be remotely acceptable, and then, only if clearly labeled as such. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Fox News says doctored photos were 'errors.' But they were fake news, plain and simple," 15 June 2020 As every conceivable comfort food has risen to the top of the home-cooking food chain, the most iconic of desserts has been left behind. Kate Krader,, "Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Should Be Doing More Work for You," 12 June 2020 This affords me the opportunity to work closely with lawyers of every conceivable background from large majority law firms. Fortune, "A black partner’s perspective on why law firms are failing at diversity," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of conceivable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Aug 2020

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“Conceivable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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