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imaginable

[ih-maj-uh-nuh-buh l] /ɪˈmædʒ ə nə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being imagined or conceived.
Origin of imaginable
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin imāginābilis, equivalent to Latin imāginā(rī) to imagine + -bilis -ble
Related forms
imaginableness, noun
imaginably, adverb
unimaginable, adjective
unimaginableness, noun
unimaginably, adverb
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  • The boy contracted every fever, every imaginable malady, one after the other.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Its blaze illumined one of the wildest of imaginable scenes.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • They've made preparations to fight any imaginable contagion you could drop on them.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • But Esther seemed of all imaginable persons the least likely to deliver a blow of any sort.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Like nearly all other imaginable things, what you state is not impossible.

  • I did not then exclude, as I might have done, two other imaginable causes.

  • Whether this be imaginable or not depends upon each one's own hypnoses.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
Word Origin and History for imaginable
adj.

late 14c., ymaginable, from Old French imaginable and directly from Late Latin imaginabilis, from Latin imaginari (see imagine). Related: Imaginably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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