[ih-maj-uh-nuh-buh l]


capable of being imagined or conceived.

Origin of imaginable

1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin imāginābilis, equivalent to Latin imāginā(rī) to imagine + -bilis -ble
Related formsi·mag·i·na·ble·ness, nouni·mag·i·na·bly, adverbun·im·ag·i·na·ble, adjectiveun·im·ag·i·na·ble·ness, nounun·im·ag·i·na·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for imaginably

Historical Examples of imaginably

  • She could not imaginably encourage Jim Dyckman to free himself by the same channel, and if he did, how could Charity marry him?

  • And was there in fact ever a pale Galilean, the least of Whose doctrines they could ever imaginably have embodied?

  • In so far as matter may be conceived to exist in a purely passive state, it is, imaginably, older than motion.

  • What would become of him and Nan, now that she knew Nan loved him, and imaginably, he loved her?

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Or could it imaginably be said that Fifi, rather, had had a successful life, as evidenced by her profoundly interesting funeral?


    Henry Sydnor Harrison

Word Origin and History for imaginably



late 14c., ymaginable, from Old French imaginable and directly from Late Latin imaginabilis, from Latin imaginari (see imagine). Related: Imaginably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper