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[kuh n-see-vuh-buh l] /kənˈsi və bəl/
capable of being conceived; imaginable.
Origin of conceivable
1425-75; late Middle English. See conceive, -able
Related forms
conceivability, conceivableness, noun
conceivably, adverb Unabridged
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  • conceivably, the new digital device will have access to that network.
  • The government could conceivably end up making money.
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  • conceivably he doesn't know about this or figures it would only make it worse to get involved.
  • The incident could conceivably have been caused by binge drinking.
  • And, conceivably, he may have mischief within him yet.
  • There is still the worry, though, that the liabilities could conceivably grow yet further.
British Dictionary definitions for conceivably


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



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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