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conceivable

[kuh n-see-vuh-buh l] /kənˈsi və bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being conceived; imaginable.
Origin of conceivable
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English. See conceive, -able
Related forms
conceivability, conceivableness, noun
conceivably, adverb
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  • Vast are its possibilities and vaster still its sweep of conceivability.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Perceptibility or conceivability are, then, the two forms which reality may assume.

    The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet
  • Mansel on the conceivability of a commencement of existence, 94.

    The Theistic Conception of the World B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
  • The love of life was too strong to permit the conceivability of such a choice.

    The Wilderness Trail Frank Williams
  • If not, granting that there is such a thing as the real, it must be within the ultimate range of conceivability.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
British Dictionary definitions for conceivability

conceivable

/kənˈsiːvəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being understood, believed, or imagined; possible
Derived Forms
conceivability, conceivableness, noun
conceivably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conceivability

conceivable

adj.

mid-15c. (implied in conceivableness), from conceive + -able. Originally in a now-obsolete sense "that can be received." Meaning "that can be imagined" is attested from 1620s (in conceivably).

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