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[kuh n-see-vuh-buh l]
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  1. capable of being conceived; imaginable.
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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
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Related Words for conceivably

perhaps, probably, likely, conceivably, perchance, maybe, peradventure, mayhap, conceivable, credible, feasible, obtainable, imaginably, theoretically, abstractly, hypothetically, reasonably, feasibly, expectedly

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  • In an engagement, he might conceivably defeat Blood's followers.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And if there conceivably were, it would be something altogether horrible.

    The Moon is Green

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • Even the comfort of the bottle might conceivably fail him in this supreme crisis.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • This could conceivably be of advantage to a man who wanted a lift in the world.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • He may conceivably think that they would put him on a rack if they got the chance.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for conceivably


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



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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