con·​ceiv·​ably | \ kən-ˈsē-və-blē How to pronounce conceivably (audio) \

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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Without the plan, the lake conceivably could have been sucked dry – a devastating prospect for 40 million people who live in the Colorado River Basin. John Fleck, The Conversation, "Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future," 10 July 2019 Now it has been adopted by an American presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who could conceivably win the White House in 2020. The Economist, "Rich people’s problems," 4 July 2019 That sort of available cash means both the Nets and the Knicks could conceivably lure two max-salary players to their clubs, and both franchises are certain to pursue the big names like Leonard, Durant, Walker and Irving. Tim Reynolds,, "NBA shifts focus to free agency after draft dust settles," 23 June 2019 Whoever has custody conceivably could ask the estate to pay child support or give the surviving parent or guardian access to trust funds that Hussle reportedly set up for Emani and for Kross, his 2-year-old son with London. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Custody fight over Nipsey Hussle’s daughter escalates as his family pushes negligence claims against her mother," 17 June 2019 One candidate who has more centrist rhetoric and had a successful debate night was South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who doesn’t embrace the moderate label but could conceivably occupy that space in the upper echelon of candidates. Washington Post, "Moderate 2020 Dems test if Biden stumbles provide opening," 29 June 2019 These demands go far enough beyond what Iran might conceivably comply with as to suggest that the real aim is regime change brought on by economic collapse and, if necessary, military confrontation. The Economist, "Breaking the nuclear deal ratchets up the conflict between Iran and America," 28 June 2019 Because every single issue that a presidential aspirant could conceivably talk about is, at heart, intertwined with climate change. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues," 26 June 2019 This universality suggests an evolutionary role, although humor and laughter could conceivably be a byproduct of some other process important to survival. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, "What’s So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of conceivably

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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