[ uhn-thing-kuh-buh l ]
/ ʌnˈθɪŋ kə bəl /


inconceivable; unimaginable: the unthinkable size of the universe.
not to be considered; out of the question: Such a suggestion is unthinkable.


something that cannot be conceived or imagined, as something too unusual, vague, or disagreeable: Today's unthinkables are tomorrow's realities.

Origin of unthinkable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at un-1, thinkable

OTHER WORDS FROM unthinkable

un·think·a·bil·i·ty, un·think·a·ble·ness, nounun·think·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unthinkable

/ (ʌnˈθɪŋkəbəl) /


not to be contemplated; out of the question
unimaginable; inconceivable
unreasonable; improbable

Derived forms of unthinkable

unthinkability or unthinkableness, noununthinkably, adverb
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