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[kuh n-see-vuh-buh l] /kənˈsi və bəl/
capable of being conceived; imaginable.
1425-75; late Middle English. See conceive, -able
Related forms
conceivability, conceivableness, noun
conceivably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The editor certainly knows, and it's conceivable that s/he would answer the question if you e-mailed.
  • Since then people have trekked to the pole in almost every conceivable way to make it more of a challenge.
  • It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.
  • Modern physics has certainly extended human understanding in ways that would scarcely have been conceivable only a century ago.
  • But the hypothetical particles are too small and the other universes too distant to be detected by any conceivable experiment.
  • But no such possibility seems conceivable at present.
  • And since then the design has been knocked off at every conceivable price in every possible material, including plastic.
  • Toss in a revision or two and it is conceivable that this might mark the start of a recession.
  • The industry insists that it is trustworthy and can manage all conceivable risks.
  • Indeed it is conceivable that a bank could be recapitalised over a weekend.
British Dictionary definitions for conceivable


capable of being understood, believed, or imagined; possible
Derived Forms
conceivability, conceivableness, noun
conceivably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conceivable

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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