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[kon-shuh-nuh-buh l] /ˈkɒn ʃə nə bəl/
being in conformity with one's conscience; just.
Origin of conscionable
1540-50; conscion- (back formation from conscions, variant of conscience, the final -s taken for plural sign) + -able
Related forms
conscionableness, noun
conscionably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Come, come, thou must be conscionable; great and secret service may deserve both this and a better thing.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • Be conscionable and faithful in performing all the labour and duty of a servant.

  • And hereby it hath dolefully hindered the gospel, while the persecutors have silenced many worthy, conscionable preachers of it.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • conscionable practising what you know, is an excellent help to understanding, John xii.

British Dictionary definitions for conscionable


(obsolete) acceptable to one's conscience
Derived Forms
conscionableness, noun
conscionably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from conscions, obsolete form of conscience
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Word Origin and History for conscionable

1540s, from conscioned "having a conscience" (from conscience) + -able; obsolete from early 18c. but fossilized in its negative, unconscionable.

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