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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Paula Caravella Added to this inconceivable tragedy for these families is the lack of state resources dedicated to understanding what has transpired in this and similar cases. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 20 June 2019 With a powerful executive's backing, bringing Princess Bride to the stage may be a little less... inconceivable. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Princess Bride Is Being Made into a Musical," 26 Mar. 2019 Led by an assist and winning goal from Lakhdar Belloumi, Algeria pulled off the inconceivable in its first-ever World Cup match. Motez Bishara, CNN, "World Cup: Brazil needs to avoid another historical upset for redemption," 10 June 2018 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

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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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