un·imag·in·able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-bəl , -ˈma-jə- \

Definition of unimaginable 

: not imaginable or comprehensible unimaginable horror

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unimaginably \ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-blē, -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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But Jennifer Garner says trying to nurture a relationship in fame’s harsh spotlight can create an almost unimaginable level of stress. Hayley Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, "Jennifer Garner talks fame, marriage, and the tabloids," 14 July 2018 The fallibility of corporate superstars is worth bearing in mind as today’s tech stocks cruise towards valuations that were almost unimaginable only two years ago. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 Its efficiency and capacity—thirty-six trains can run each way each hour on the Victoria Line, for example—are unimaginable in New York. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Thanks to the seemingly limitless frontier, Americans (at least white, male Americans) were able to acquire their own bit of real estate in proportions unimaginable in the Old Country. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘This Land Is Our Land’ Review: Taking the Long Way Around," 25 May 2018 What’s fundamental is, our world is digitizing at a rate that’s unimaginable in my mind. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "More Than Half of Companies Aren't Prepared to Use Today's Top Technologies," 1 May 2018 History suggests capitalism will transform these into net benefits improving life in unimaginable ways. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "How to profit off horse dung in your retirement," 1 Apr. 2018 There is an unimaginable amount of weight on Meghan Markle’s slender shoulders. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Wearing Givenchy, Meghan Markle Carried the World on Her Shoulders," 19 May 2018 And the mother's body suggested — demanded — that Clark consider the unimaginable. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Born of tragedy, newborn elk triumphs thanks to kindness of strangers," 12 July 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 \

Kids Definition of unimaginable

: not possible to imagine or understand unimaginable treasures

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