the unthinkable


: something that one cannot accept, believe, or imagine
especially : something that is so bad that one does not want to think about it
And then, the unthinkable happened: the car skidded out of control and crashed.

Examples of the unthinkable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Will Boston take care of business, or will Dallas do the unthinkable? C.j. Holmes, New York Daily News, 15 June 2024 Shown on film, the view is often accompanied by haunting music meant to evoke the unthinkable crimes that took place here. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 12 June 2024 After retiring two hitters in quick order, the unthinkable happened. Abbey Mastrocco, Hartford Courant, 5 May 2024 Shortly after Yates’ husband Rusty Yates left for work at the Johnson Space Center, the unthinkable happened. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 26 May 2024 When the vacation goes awry, May must do the unthinkable in order to save her husband and kids: seek help from a hum with questionable motives. Shannon Carlin, TIME, 22 May 2024 The three-age model does the unthinkable, taking millions of years of history and squeezing them into these distinct categories in which tool-making materials stand front and center as the driving force of societal growth. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2024 According to officials, this was Watts’ motive for the unthinkable crimes. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 Threatened by the reality of Jesus’ growing influence, religious leaders do the unthinkable—ally with their Roman oppressors. Monica Mercuri, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024

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“The unthinkable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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