un·​imag·​in·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-bəl, -ˈma-jə- How to pronounce unimaginable (audio) \

Definition of unimaginable

: not imaginable or comprehensible unimaginable horror

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unimaginably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈmaj-​nə-​blē , -​ˈma-​jə How to pronounce unimaginable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unimaginable in a Sentence

the unimaginable horrors of war a disaster of almost unimaginable proportions This technology would have been unimaginable five years ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web Even though Stokes had a history of domestic violence, everyone agreed his actions the morning of April 27, 2020, in the family’s home on Milwaukee’s north side were unimaginable. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 July 2021 But Johnson works to balance the imperative of narrative tension with respect for the unimaginable tragedy, and the resulting work is worth the emotional toll of reading it. Zan Romanoff, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 There are signs of pushback against tech that would have been unimaginable a few years ago, beyond the House bills. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Today marks one month since this heartbreaking and unimaginable tragedy. NBC News, 22 July 2021 That all came to a devastating halt when Hussle was gunned down in front of that same shop, an unimaginable tragedy that London is gracefully honest about. Chelsea Sanders, refinery29.com, 2 July 2021 The entire world is dealing with unimaginable tragedy. Alex Miller, Wired, 2 July 2021 The town was aflame, as is now the social-justice ritual, after an unimaginable tragedy. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 29 Apr. 2021 How was my world erupting into unimaginable tragedy once again? Nikaline Mccarley, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unimaginable

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Unimaginable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimaginable. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unimaginable

: not possible to imagine : beyond what you would normally imagine


un·​imag·​in·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈma-jə-nə-bəl How to pronounce unimaginable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unimaginable

: not possible to imagine or understand unimaginable treasures

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