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[kon-shuh-nuh-buh l]
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  1. being in conformity with one's conscience; just.
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Origin of conscionable

1540–50; conscion- (back formation from conscions, variant of conscience, the final -s taken for plural sign) + -able
Related formscon·scion·a·ble·ness, nouncon·scion·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for conscionable

Historical Examples

  • Be conscionable and faithful in performing all the labour and duty of a servant.

    A Christian Directory (Part 2 of 4)

    Richard Baxter

  • 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.


    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


  1. obsolete acceptable to one's conscience
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Derived Formsconscionableness, nounconscionably, 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.

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