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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Just a few days in the future, the unimaginable will happen—Notre-Dame, so near here, will burn, and the world will look on in sadness and horror. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Cartier Celebrates Its Latest Collection With a Lavish Parisian Fete," 19 Apr. 2019 Killing Eve is almost unimaginable without Sandra Oh in the title role. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Codename Villanelle Author Luke Jennings on Why Sandra Oh Is "Just Perfect" to Play Eve," 4 Apr. 2019 A decade ago, the sight of new homes under construction in Maricopa, an enclave of tidy cul-de-sacs 35 miles from downtown Phoenix, was almost unimaginable. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "A Decade After the Housing Bust, the Exurbs Are Back," 26 Mar. 2019 The thought of having to go through all of that plus having a million cameras in my face, bullied left right and center, and still be gracious, elegant, gorgeous, and full of purpose in front of the whole world is unimaginable. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Audra McDonald Defends Meghan Markle Against Online Abuse & Press Intrusion," 10 Mar. 2019 For plenty of Americans — especially millennials, who were children when the books first came to the US — that’s an almost unimaginable hypothetical. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 Available online, the brief clips bring almost unimaginable horrors to life. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Holocaust Museum shows how Nazi theories affected 12 survivors," 1 July 2018 Men, women and children languished there in conditions of almost unimaginable squalor, brutality, overcrowding, starvation, verminous infestation and neglect. Patrick Mcgrath, New York Times, "A Dumping Ground for the Poor, the Criminal and the Mad," 28 June 2018 The bloody labor strikes of the 19th century – like one in 1892 at Carnegie’s Homestead, Pa., steel works in which 12 people were killed – would be almost unimaginable today. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "America's Second Gilded Age: More class envy than class conflict," 17 May 2018

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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