unimaginable

adjective

un·​imag·​in·​able
ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-bəl,
-ˈma-jə- How to pronounce unimaginable (audio)
: not imaginable or comprehensible
unimaginable horror
unimaginably
ˌən-ə-ˈmaj-nə-blē
-ˈma-jə How to pronounce unimaginable (audio)
adverb

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Example Sentences

the unimaginable horrors of war a disaster of almost unimaginable proportions This technology would have been unimaginable five years ago.
Recent Examples on the Web Whichever path the Fed chooses, these are massive rate hikes that would have been unimaginable just a few months ago — and markets don't often take kindly to interest rate hikes, which can negatively impact earnings and stock prices. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 This is especially true in the tech world, where real-time data is growing at rates that were unimaginable a decade ago. Subbu Iyer, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 Of course, there was almost no security—violence in this setting was unimaginable. George Packer, The Atlantic, 16 Aug. 2022 Although American popular music is unimaginable without the influence of the blues, its creators still receive less than the credit due them. John Howell, ELLE Decor, 11 Aug. 2022 His easy banter with his father, a reliable source of support, encouragement and protection, was unimaginable in the aftermath of his psychosis a decade ago. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, 7 Sep. 2022 What happened this past season was even worse, the team splintering into a spiral of selfishness and discombobulation that would have been unimaginable in Mitchell’s first seasons in Utah. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 The scale of the human suffering currently taking place in Pakistan is unimaginable, but luckily there are some ways those of us in non-affected areas can help. Emma Specter, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2022 The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances. Travis Bean, Forbes, 1 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unimaginable was in 1611

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“Unimaginable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimaginable. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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unimaginable

adjective

un·​imag·​in·​able ˌən-ə-ˈma-jə-nə-bəl How to pronounce unimaginable (audio)
: not possible to imagine or understand
unimaginable treasures

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