inconceivable

adjective
in·​con·​ceiv·​able | \ˌin-kən-ˈsē-və-bəl \

Definition of inconceivable 

: not conceivable: such as

a : impossible to comprehend

b : unbelievable

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Other Words from inconceivable

inconceivability \ˌin-​kən-​ˌsē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
inconceivableness \ˌin-​kən-​ˈsē-​və-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
inconceivably \ˌin-​kən-​ˈsē-​və-​blē \ adverb

Examples of inconceivable in a Sentence

The fire caused an inconceivable amount of damage. After coming this far, to quit now would be inconceivable.

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Even the upload schedule for these videos is inconceivable by modern best practices. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTuber who eats disgusting food is everything good about the internet," 20 Nov. 2018 But Maile’s presence there—let alone her warm welcome— would have once been inconceivable. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Congress?," 10 Oct. 2018 Red Wings mailbag: Doing some math, making playoffs 'inconceivable' More: Red Wings irritated, weary as one-goal losses define season Twitter updates Check out our Red Wings Xtra app on Apple and Android! Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Game thread: Detroit Red Wings lose to Minnesota Wild, 4-1," 4 Mar. 2018 This past weekend, Tiger Woods’s return to golf was dissected in a way that would be inconceivable for, say, Phil Mickelson. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Another Super Bowl Opening Night Featuring Tom Brady and the Patriots—What Else Is New?," 30 Jan. 2018 The summit was almost inconceivable a few months ago, after a year when the bordering countries seemed on the verge of war. Fox News, "Bolton says Kim must give up nuclear program before any summit with Trump," 29 Apr. 2018 Now, with Russia once again on the prowl, that alliance seems to be at risk in ways that were virtually inconceivable when Latvia joined in 2004. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Trump Derides NATO as ‘Obsolete.’ Baltic Nations See It Much Differently.," 10 July 2018 Whether the true likelihood is as high as one in two, or as inconceivable as one in a trillion trillion trillion, the mere ability to consciously ask ourselves that question depends on the fact that life has already successfully originated. Liv Boeree, Vox, "Why haven’t we found aliens yet?," 3 July 2018 As inconceivable as that might have seemed at times, the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from UF has been selected to play in the Class AA Eastern League All-Star Game on July 11 in Trenton, N.J., it was announced Friday. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Say this for Tim Tebow: He's an Eastern League all-star," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of inconceivable

1624, in the meaning defined above

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inconceivable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inconceivable

: impossible to imagine or believe : not conceivable

inconceivable

adjective
in·​con·​ceiv·​able | \ˌin-kən-ˈsē-və-bəl \

Kids Definition of inconceivable

: impossible to imagine or believe The fire caused inconceivable damage.

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