thinkable

adjective
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

Other Words from thinkable

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

Examples of thinkable in a Sentence

They divorced during a time when that was barely thinkable.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, improved alternative energy sources and construction techniques are making off-grid living more thinkable for more people, including those who don't want to haul buckets of water from a well or live by candlelight. Katherine Roth, USA TODAY, 12 June 2022 Still, improved alternative energy sources and construction techniques are making off-grid living more thinkable for more people, including those who don’t want to haul buckets of water from a well or live by candlelight. Katherine Roth, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2022 They are designed by the Russians to blur the distinction between conventional and nuclear weapons, which strategists fear makes their use more thinkable. New York Times, 1 June 2022 For many in the U.S. and around the world, the very notion of the public good has grown less thinkable. Charles Mccrary, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 The Girl From Plainville not only humanizes the characters at its center but brings you into the headspace that made such unthinkable actions feel thinkable. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2022 Pundits often make this point by citing the Overton window: a concept developed in the 1990s by two libertarian Josephs, Overton and Lehman, to describe the realm of the thinkable for mainstream voters considering policies and platforms. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 Today, both Russia and the United States have nuclear arms that are much less destructive — their power just fractions of the Hiroshima bomb’s force, their use perhaps less frightening and more thinkable. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 By making nuclear weapons smaller and the targeting more precise, their use becomes more thinkable. Nina Tannenwald, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of thinkable

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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14 Jun 2022

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“Thinkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thinkable. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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