[ kon-shuh-nuh-buh l ]
/ ˈkɒn ʃə nə bəl /


being in conformity with one's conscience; just.

Nearby words

  1. conscience-stricken,
  2. conscient,
  3. conscientious,
  4. conscientious objection,
  5. conscientious objector,
  6. conscious,
  7. conscious uncoupling,
  8. consciously,
  9. consciousness,
  10. consciousness raising

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conscionable

  • Come, come, thou must be conscionable; great and secret service may deserve both this and a better thing.

    Kenilworth|Sir Walter Scott
  • Be conscionable and faithful in performing all the labour and duty of a servant.

  • And hereby it hath dolefully hindered the gospel, while the persecutors have silenced many worthy, conscionable preachers of it.

    A Christian Directory|Baxter Richard
  • Conscionable practising what you know, is an excellent help to understanding, John xii.

British Dictionary definitions for conscionable


/ (ˈkɒnʃənəbəl) /


obsolete acceptable to one's conscience
Derived Formsconscionableness, nounconscionably, adverb

Word Origin for conscionable

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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