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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The legislature refused to hear testimony on the bill; Whitmer, by then a state senator, did the unimaginable. Sarah Kunst, Marie Claire, "Gretchen Whitmer Is Ready for the Top Job," 7 Nov. 2018 This year, Musk's talk still sparkled with almost unimaginable technology. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course," 18 Sep. 2018 And just to experience that right after going over [a] hate groups project was just unimaginable, and a coincidence. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "As a Parkland Shooting Survivor, This Is What I Want Brett Kavanaugh to Know About Gun Violence," 7 Sep. 2018 Since the Challenge began 20 years ago, the winners have navigated wide-ranging trails through obstacles both expected and unimaginable. Jane Wooldridge And Rob Wile, miamiherald, "The Business Plan Challenge is in its 20th year. Did the winners succeed? | Miami Herald," 25 Mar. 2018 Since the introduction of the bankruptcy code, hundreds of companies have entered insolvency proceedings and their owners are losing control, which was unimaginable just two years ago. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "India Overtakes China as Favored Target for Corporate Deals," 25 Dec. 2018 Today’s cutting-edge prosthetics combine software with sensors that respond to the wearer’s movements, allowing them to perform complex tasks, like turning keys in locks, that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Gary Shapiro, WSJ, "Hacking Health Care: How Tech Will Drive Down Costs," 6 Dec. 2018 In addition to the unimaginable death and destruction, these wildfires are impacting the health of the people fighting and fleeing these fires now and for years to come. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The Dangerous Health Risks That Could Follow the California Wildfires," 16 Nov. 2018 Her wish is understandable, borne of unimaginable pain. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "At Department of Correction, a death of compassion," 28 June 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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