[in-kuh n-see-vuh-buh l]


not conceivable; unimaginable; unthinkable
unbelievable; incredible.

Origin of inconceivable

First recorded in 1625–35; in-3 + conceivable
Related formsin·con·ceiv·a·bil·i·ty, in·con·ceiv·a·ble·ness, nounin·con·ceiv·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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incapable of being conceived, imagined, or considered
Derived Formsinconceivability or inconceivableness, nouninconceivably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconceivable

1630s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + conceivable. Related: Inconcievably. An Old English word for this was unasmeagendlic.

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