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Supposedly vs. Supposably


[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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  • It might therefore be argued that conceivably they were readily accessible to the idea of blood kinship.

  • In an engagement, he might conceivably defeat Blood's followers.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Fate has a way of telling you all about it—afterward; conceivably, that humanity might continue to reproduce its species.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • This could conceivably be of advantage to a man who wanted a lift in the world.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • It seemed entirely clear what had happened last night; yet, conceivably, the rocket could have been an hallucination.

    Adolescents Only Irving E. Cox
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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