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[kon-shuh-nuh-buh l] /ˈkɒn ʃə nə bəl/
being in conformity with one's conscience; just.
Origin of conscionable
1540-50; conscion- (back formation from conscions, variant of conscience, the final -s taken for plural sign) + -able
Related forms
conscionableness, noun
conscionably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Be conscionable and faithful in performing all the labour and duty of a servant.

  • conscionable practising what you know, is an excellent help to understanding, John xii.

  • Come, come, thou must be conscionable; great and secret service may deserve both this and a better thing.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • And hereby it hath dolefully hindered the gospel, while the persecutors have silenced many worthy, conscionable preachers of it.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
British Dictionary definitions for conscionable


(obsolete) acceptable to one's conscience
Derived Forms
conscionableness, noun
conscionably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from conscions, obsolete form of conscience
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Word Origin and History for conscionable

1540s, from conscioned "having a conscience" (from conscience) + -able; obsolete from early 18c. but fossilized in its negative, unconscionable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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