thinkable

adjective
think·​able | \ˈthiŋ-kə-bəl \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from thinkable

thinkableness noun
thinkably \ˈthiŋ-​kə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of thinkable in a Sentence

They divorced during a time when that was barely thinkable.

Recent Examples on the Web

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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 Except Trump’s entire career is beyond the pale, and in his time on the political stage, the unthinkable has become thinkable with regulatory. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Mobilizing for War Against the Rule of Law," 20 July 2017 The point is that such a war is thinkable once more. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The unimaginable about wars is being imagined again, says acclaimed military strategist Peter Singer," 3 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thinkable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of thinkable

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about thinkable

Statistics for thinkable

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for thinkable

The first known use of thinkable was in 1764

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for thinkable

thinkable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thinkable

: capable of being thought about and done

More from Merriam-Webster on thinkable

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with thinkable

Nglish: Translation of thinkable for Spanish Speakers

Comments on thinkable

What made you want to look up thinkable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!