in·​con·​ceiv·​able | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsē-və-bəl How to pronounce inconceivable (audio) \

Definition of inconceivable

: not conceivable: such as
b : impossible to comprehend

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Other Words from inconceivable

inconceivability \ ˌin-​kən-​ˌsē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inconceivable (audio) \ noun
inconceivableness \ ˌin-​kən-​ˈsē-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inconceivable (audio) \ noun
inconceivably \ ˌin-​kən-​ˈsē-​və-​blē How to pronounce inconceivable (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web These kind of difficulties seemed inconceivable 18 months ago at UCSD, where enrollment was approaching 40,000 after a decade of spectacular growth. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2021 In locker rooms and group texts, in apartments and over meals, many of America’s college athletes have been strategizing over how to seize opportunities that seemed inconceivable when schools recruited them just a few years ago. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Finding an expanse of desert in coastal Maine may seem inconceivable. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2021 The dictionary offers its readers clarity, especially when grappling with events that feel inconceivable. Jess Mchugh, Time, 9 June 2021 That has opened the door to something once thought inconceivable: that Sinn Fein could emerge as the largest party, with the right to appoint the first minister. Mark Landler, New York Times, 7 June 2021 Among the list of 1,648 comments was one from Afkari, whose public courage and audacity would have been inconceivable to many in Iran. Don Riddell, CNN, 28 June 2021 Even with the automakers being hurt by the chip shortage, the industry has come roaring back to a level that was inconceivable a year ago. Chris Isidore, CNN, 11 June 2021 The team’s road to success seemed inconceivable in mid-February when the university shut down all athletic activity after approximately 40 positive cases for COVID-19 were discovered. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of inconceivable

1624, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jul 2021

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“Inconceivable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconceivable

: impossible to imagine or believe : not conceivable


in·​con·​ceiv·​able | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsē-və-bəl How to pronounce inconceivable (audio) \

Kids Definition of inconceivable

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

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