[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 conceivably

Contemporary Examples of conceivably

Historical Examples of conceivably

  • 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



capable of being understood, believed, or imagined; possible
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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