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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Recent Examples on the Web Now the fight is simply to keep those on the street from dying, and from seeing the homeless population proliferate to unimaginable numbers. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: July 6-7," 8 July 2020 Now the fight is simply to keep those on the street from dying, and from seeing the homeless population proliferate to unimaginable numbers. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cautious hope as calamity looms," 6 July 2020 Basically, that night in particular, along with many other nights, have been marred by unimaginable inconveniences and horrific body horror tragedies. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Trixie, Katya recreate a wild night of attempted murder and writing a book together," 13 July 2020 For DeRon Cary, a treatment counselor in San Francisco, the thought of people trying to kick drug addictions in the outside world — where they would be isolated and on the streets — is unimaginable during this pandemic. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hoping for a chance to heal," 11 July 2020 Faced with intense pressure to develop drugs and vaccines at previously unimaginable speed to push back a global pandemic, researchers may have actually slowed down the rate of progress. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Data show panic and disorganization dominate the study of Covid-19 drugs," 6 July 2020 In this case, that meant emptying hospitals of non-critical patients and assigning medical personnel in ways unimaginable in other countries. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "A Difficult Birth in Britain’s Stressed Health Service," 4 June 2020 But instead of getting mad, Jean claims Kerri and the others did something almost unimaginable. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Casey Kasem's wife, children accused each other of "killing" radio icon," 4 July 2020 The defeat that Germany would experience in the coming months was then unimaginable. George Blaustein, The New Republic, "Searching for Consolation in Max Weber’s Work Ethic," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of unimaginable

1611, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2020

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“Unimaginable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimaginable. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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