unthinkable

adjective
un·think·able | \ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kə-bəl \

Definition of unthinkable 

1 : not capable of being grasped by the mind

2 : being contrary to what is reasonable, desirable, or probable : being out of the question

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Other Words from unthinkable

unthinkability \ˌən-ˌthiŋ-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
unthinkably \ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kə-blē \ adverb

Examples of unthinkable in a Sentence

to most people it seemed unthinkable that such a gentle man could be guilty of such awful crimes

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In April 2017, Maria Menounos' life changed forever after the unthinkable happened — an MRI revealed a benign brain tumor diagnosed as meningioma. Kara Ladd, Redbook, "5 Wellness Tips Maria Menounos Learned After a Terrifying Diagnosis," 21 June 2018 The unthinkable has happened at Wimbledon: Roger Federer, the defending champion, lost in the quarterfinals after leading two sets to none. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 Ethiopia's reformist prime minister flew to Eritrea on Sunday was welcomed with hugs and laughter by Afwerki, a joyous scene unthinkable just months ago. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "Ethiopia, Eritrea restore diplomatic relations, phone calls," 10 July 2018 Abiy flew to Eritrea on Sunday and was welcomed with hugs and laughter by Afwerki, a scene unthinkable just months ago. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Ethiopia's reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Eritrea's capital and was welcomed with hugs and laughter by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, a joyous scene unthinkable just months ago. Elias Meseret, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ethiopia and Eritrea unite after ending 20-year border war," 9 July 2018 Ethiopia’s reformist prime minister flew to Eritrea on Sunday was welcomed with hugs and laughter by Afwerki, a joyous scene unthinkable just months ago. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopia, Eritrea restore diplomatic relations, phone calls," 9 July 2018 The idea of The Rock as a #sneakerinfluencer / hype beast is very much equal parts the 2018 formula: one part celebrity, one part absurd, one part of unthinkable ten years ago, combine, stir, pour over ice. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Can Sell The People Anything—Even Sneakers," 30 June 2018 Recent advances in identifying traces of organic fats, waxes, and resins invisible to the eye have allowed scientists to pinpoint the presence of various substances with a degree of accuracy unthinkable a decade or two ago. Andrew Lawler, Science | AAAS, "Did ancient Mesopotamians get high? Near Eastern rituals may have included opium, cannabis," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unthinkable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unthinkable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unthinkable

: impossible to imagine or believe : too bad or shocking to be thought of

unthinkable

adjective
un·think·able | \ˌən-ˈthiŋ-kə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unthinkable

: not to be thought of or considered as possible or reasonable “Impossible!” cried Mr. Wonka. “Unthinkable! … He could never be made into marshmallows!”— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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