[kuh n-see-vuh-buh l]


capable of being conceived; imaginable.

Origin of conceivable

1425–75; late Middle English. See conceive, -able
Related formscon·ceiv·a·bil·i·ty, con·ceiv·a·ble·ness, nouncon·ceiv·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conceivability

Historical Examples of conceivability

  • Perceptibility or conceivability are, then, the two forms which reality may assume.

  • Mansel on the conceivability of a commencement of existence, 94.

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker

  • Vast are its possibilities and vaster still its sweep of conceivability.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • The love of life was too strong to permit the conceivability of such a choice.

    The Wilderness Trail

    Frank Williams

  • If not, granting that there is such a thing as the real, it must be within the ultimate range of conceivability.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

British Dictionary definitions for conceivability



capable of being understood, believed, or imagined; possible
Derived Formsconceivability or conceivableness, nounconceivably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conceivability



mid-15c. (implied in conceivableness), from conceive + -able. Originally in a now-obsolete sense "that can be received." Meaning "that can be imagined" is attested from 1620s (in conceivably).

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