inconceivable

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

Definition of inconceivable

: not conceivable: such as
a : impossible to comprehend

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Other Words from inconceivable

inconceivability \ ˌin-​kən-​ˌsē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inconceivability (audio) \ noun
inconceivableness \ ˌin-​kən-​ˈsē-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inconceivableness (audio) \ noun
inconceivably \ ˌin-​kən-​ˈsē-​və-​blē How to pronounce inconceivably (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.

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After all, even earning a steady paycheck as an actress had seemed so inconceivable. Glamour, "Chrissy Metz: From 81 Cents in the Bank to Equal Pay on This Is Us," 29 Mar. 2019 For Architectural Designer Amey Kandalgaonkar, based in Shanghai, even the most inconceivable structures are possible with a little imagination. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Shanghai Architect Designs Insane Homes Inside (and Around) Rock Formations," 22 May 2019 Dion reveals a depth of emotion that seems inconceivable to us cynical mortals. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Céline Dion's Reactions at Couture Fashion Shows Are More Beautiful Than Any Dress Could Be," 24 Jan. 2019 Behind closed doors, Trump suggested that NATO allies increase their military budgets to 4 percent of their economies — a steep increase that is inconceivable for many member countries. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to get a taste of Brazil’s culture and cuisine before you go," 12 July 2018 There have already been five games in 2018 where a manager removed a pitcher after six innings with a no-hitter in progress, something inconceivable for much of baseball history. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Why It Won’t Be Long Until the Next No-Hitter," 9 May 2018 Her reasoning is that cultures change and evolve, sometimes finding things that were once inconceivable to be permissible and, perhaps more importantly, vice versa. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconification culminates in the biopic On the Basis of Sex," 20 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce inconceivable (audio) \

Kids Definition of inconceivable

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

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