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 thinkable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of thinkable in a Sentence

They divorced during a time when that was barely thinkable.
Recent Examples on the Web This has been the worst season of college football — in every way thinkable — of my lifetime. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Heisman should go to the best football player, and that’s DeVonta Smith," 12 Dec. 2020 For some liberals, who are now facing an indefinite future in the constitutional wilderness, court-packing seems not only thinkable, but urgent. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The De-Radicalization of Supreme Court Reform," 29 Oct. 2020 The show lovingly chronicles the fictional Barris family’s more or less lighthearted navigation of their world of wealth and standing that is beyond thinkable for all but a tiny minority of Americans of whatever race or color. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, "TV Race Fables and the Privilege of a Raging Class," 22 Sep. 2020 Hiking, hunting, fishing, even golf ought to be thinkable. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s latest gig: rabble-rouser in chief," 22 Apr. 2020 Though history is recursive, there are moments when the previously unthinkable becomes thinkable. Shannon Pufahl, The New York Review of Books, "Numbering the Dead," 21 Apr. 2020 That’s a big but thinkable number, considering Soundcloud receives tens of millions of uploads a year. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What’s the Point of Writing Every Possible Melody?," 26 Feb. 2020 The emerging technologies that make this thinkable include nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science (NBIC). Alexander Thomas, Quartz, "The problem with wanting to reverse aging that no one talks about," 30 Aug. 2019 Both Judaism and Christianity overlap significantly with their Bibles, and are not thinkable without them. John Barton, Time, "Judaism and Christianity Both Rely on the Hebrew Bible. Why Do They Interpret It So Differently?," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of thinkable

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Thinkable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thinkable

: capable of being thought about and done

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