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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This historical digression proved to be a prophetic guide to an as-yet-unimaginable future Trump presidency. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Genesis of Trump’s Family-Separation Policy," 22 June 2018 Sometime in the next year or so, the U.S. auto industry will cross a once-unimaginable threshold: Average horsepower for the entire fleet will reach 300. Kyle Stock, chicagotribune.com, "Replacement for displacement has arrived in small engines making a whole lotta horsepower," 19 June 2018 The pad in the Permian started out with 14 wells, recently had 19 more added to it and may reach 60 wells—a once unimaginable concentration. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "The New Tech That Terrifies OPEC," 1 June 2018 When the once-unimaginable voyage resumed Holt had a big smile on his face, Corker told Trump in an Oval Office meeting Saturday night surrounded by the Utah man and his family. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Backchannel with 'Dracula' helped free Utah's Joshua Holt from Venezuela jail," 26 May 2018 For the Pads, that’s an exciting development that would’ve been near-unimaginable when Baumgarner, Linecum and Cain were plowing through pennant races and postseasons. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "As Giants cooled, Padres had a clue in pitching game, with Lucchesi at fore," 16 Apr. 2018 Evolved from slow, lumbering, and malfunctioning origins, the modern Main Battle Tank can cross long distances rapidly and engage targets at ranges unimaginable to soldiers and commanders in World War I trenches. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "The Evolution of the American Tank," 12 Feb. 2018 For a few anxious hours on a stage in a mostly-empty Boston Garden, Brown embraced his community, soothed the unimaginable grief that still haunts this nation, and helped keep Boston whole. Renée Graham, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years ago, James Brown’s proud moment calmed a tense city," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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