think·​able | \ ˈthiŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce thinkable (audio) \

Definition of thinkable

1 : conceivably possible a time when divorce was barely thinkable
2 : capable of being comprehended or reasoned about the ultimate nature of Deity is scarcely thinkable

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Other Words from thinkable

thinkableness noun
thinkably \ ˈthiŋ-​kə-​blē How to pronounce thinkably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of thinkable in a Sentence

They divorced during a time when that was barely thinkable.

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And what was once thought unthinkable is now unfortunately thinkable. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: Monroe name change another attack on country’s foundation," 23 June 2019 Clearly, none of this, with its billions of constantly shifting data points, would be remotely thinkable without artificial intelligence. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "'Upskilling' Your Workforce? Start by Measuring the Skills They Have Now," 22 June 2019 Wohlfeil’s options range from ordering SDSU West off the ballot, an unthinkable nuclear bomb, to a (thinkable) chiding of the plaintiffs for wasting the court’s time. Logan Jenkins,, "3 judges on hot summer seats as stadium vote nears," 11 June 2018 That has made the once unthinkable suddenly all too thinkable. Erin Grace, The Seattle Times, "Nebraska residents consider what to do in nuclear attack," 27 Jan. 2018 For 38 harrowing minutes, the unthinkable was thinkable. San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: 38 harrowing minutes in Hawaii," 15 Jan. 2018 And with each fresh outrage, the American system’s ultimate political sanction becomes more thinkable. Jacob Weisberg, Slate Magazine, "The Only Way Trump Gets Impeached," 19 May 2017 The year 1949 opened many fault lines, but unlike that midcentury world, so dramatically described by Peraino in his timely book, our globalized world renders separation not even thinkable. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 12 Oct. 2017 Hundreds were left dead, villages burned beyond recognition and coexistence among many Rakhines and Rohingyas no longer thinkable. Mary Callahan, Time, "Review: Myanmar's Enemy Within and the Making of Anti-Muslim Rage," 19 May 2015

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First Known Use of thinkable

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of thinkable

: capable of being thought about and done

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