con·​ceiv·​ably | \kən-ˈsē-və-blē \

Definition of conceivably 

1 : in a conceivable manner

2 : it may be conceived : possibly we could conceivably finish next week

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maybe, mayhap, perchance, perhaps, possibly

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Examples of conceivably in a Sentence

we could conceivably finish the project next week

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With nukes on hand, ballistic missiles in development, and thousands of conventional weapons aimed at Seoul, the North Korean leader could conceivably use his deterrent capabilities to string the U.S. and South Korea along for years to come. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Is Trump Getting Played by North Korea?," 18 May 2018 The company could conceivably use the HTC team’s expertise with Redux’s technology to reduce speakers, create more room inside its smartphone cases, and create different-looking devices. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Google's Latest Acquisition Turns Smartphone Screen Into Speakers," 11 Jan. 2018 While these big changes require approval, the Trumps could conceivably make a big change or two to the White House or its grounds. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "How Much Can the Trump Family Redecorate the White House?," 20 Jan. 2017 Facebook’s board could, conceivably, revolt, like Uber’s board did with former CEO Travis Kalanick. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Mark Zuckerberg is essentially untouchable at Facebook," 21 Nov. 2018 Even the names of the files contained clues that could conceivably help an intruder. Jack Gillum And Jeff Kao, Ars Technica, "File-sharing software on state election servers could expose them to intruders," 5 Nov. 2018 Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber were spotted on July 29 heading to meet with their pastor in LA, conceivably in preparation for their impending nuptials. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Wore White to Meet a Pastor Ahead of Her and Justin Bieber’s Wedding," 30 July 2018 Any driver in the lead might conceivably win if rain intervened. Noah Trister,, "Clint Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at Michigan," 11 June 2018 The team owns Hard Rock Stadium and the land surrounding it, and could conceivably move there. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "New Dolphins practice facility and World Cup qualifier coming to Miami? | Miami Herald," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conceivably

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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