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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The idea that students would skip school was practically inconceivable. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "After a summer of being tear gassed, can Hong Kong protesters go back to being students?," 5 Sep. 2019 The inconceivable sequence of events was a source of comfort for many. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Angels employee’s alleged involvement in Tyler Skaggs’ death is one of many questions," 30 Aug. 2019 After 2016, only a fool or an eternal optimist would say it’s inconceivable. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "There Is Nothing Strategic About Trump’s Racism," 19 July 2019 Every person who does inconceivable things could be you. Morgan Baila,, "HBO's Share Illuminates The Reality Of Being A Teenage Girl In A Totally New Way," 17 July 2019 Then a 20-week ultrasound revealed the inconceivable: Large portions of the brain and skull were missing, a rare birth defect called anencephaly. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "Inside the Illinois abortion clinic that could become the nearest option for women in St. Louis and beyond," 10 June 2019 In such circumstances Cohen’s scenario is not utterly inconceivable. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, "How Our Politics Broke," 9 May 2019 The Dallas Museum of Art is inconceivable without the contributions of its curator of almost 30 years, John Lunsford, who died earlier this week at 86. Dallas News, "Appreciating John Lunsford, key in spurring Dallas Museum of Art's global reach," 3 July 2019 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., "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of inconceivable

1624, in the meaning defined above

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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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