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

Definition of unimaginable

: not imaginable or comprehensible unimaginable horror

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unimaginably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈmaj-​nə-​blē How to pronounce unimaginably (audio) , -​ˈma-​jə \ 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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Numbers like this would be considered unimaginable in any other country outside Africa. Benjamin Kagina, Quartz Africa, "DR Congo’s Ebola crisis has led to children dying from measles," 12 July 2019 With her wife, Sylvia (Clea DuVall), and son, Oliver (Charlie Zeltzer) in Canada as a beacon, Emily endures unimaginable difficulties. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Why Emily's "Criminal" Track Record Puts Her At Risk Of Heading Back To Gilead In The Handmaid's Tale," 5 July 2019 Chances are, they are crusted with unimaginable muck. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Magnet fishing is a slimy new hobby where people pull guns, bikes and weird stuff out of Milwaukee-area rivers, lakes and lagoons," 25 June 2019 Already going through difficulties in their young lives, they were subjected to unimaginable horrors at the hand of someone they had been groomed to trust and look up to. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Former group home director sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting teenage boys," 24 June 2019 This has the effect of making them, essentially, unimaginable. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Unimaginable Reality of American Concentration Camps," 21 June 2019 The ultimate significance, however, was not that the race had ended or even that a once unimaginable milestone had been attained. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 There's something so incredible about being around anyone of these exonerees who have been through these unimaginable nightmares. Ray Rogers, Billboard, "Lava Records' CEO Jason Flom on His New Children's Book 'Lulu Is a Rhinoceros' & the Future of Rock 'n' Roll," 10 July 2018 Carolyn had arrived on the scene at a time when New York's tabloids wielded a near absolute, now unimaginable, power. Glynnis Macnicol, Town & Country, "Who Was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy?," 3 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of unimaginable

1611, in the meaning defined above

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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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