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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But space has since become a sinew of terrestrial military power in ways that were unimaginable even when Apollo 11 touched down in 1969. The Economist, "Attacking satellites is increasingly attractive—and dangerous," 18 July 2019 Mayor Kevin Faulconer has appeared recently in conservative news outlets and on pop-culture radio shows where he is being lauded for something that would have been unimaginable just two years ago: progress on combating homelessness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nearly sunk by homeless-hepatitis crisis, Faulconer now sought for advice," 24 July 2019 Britain’s Prince Charles has spent much time in Wales over the years, but this week’s visit marked an anniversary that once might have seemed unimaginable. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "Britain’s Prince Charles and Wales mark 50 years together," 5 July 2019 The scene — a vibrant music festival in downtown Louisville with hordes of people by the Ohio River — would have been unimaginable a few decades back. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's 'front lawn' — Waterfront Park: How 20 years of change revitalized downtown," 13 July 2018 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

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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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