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

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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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 19 Apr. 2024.

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