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[ih-maj-uh-nuh-buh l] /ɪˈmædʒ ə nə bəl/
capable of being imagined or conceived.
Origin of imaginable
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin imāginābilis, equivalent to Latin imāginā() to imagine + -bilis -ble
Related forms
imaginableness, noun
imaginably, adverb
unimaginable, adjective
unimaginableness, noun
unimaginably, adverb Unabridged
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  • At length the princess arrived at the new palace and Aladdin ran with all imaginable joy to receive her at the grand entrance.

  • So much the better, my dear children, and may God send you every imaginable happiness!

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • They are fitting away the Washington, Captain Reed, with all imaginable dispatch.

  • Does his head move, a very little, the least imaginable motion?

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • As such she was shown all imaginable attention—indeed, the two gentlemen joined in making much of her, till she could have cried.

    The Bridal March; One Day Bjrnstjerne Bjrnson
  • I say imaginable, because it is one of the sights that has to be imagined.

    The Cheerful Smugglers Ellis Parker Butler
  • Conscious of her powers, but not knowing how to spend them, she gave in to every imaginable caprice.

    The Ladies' Vase An American Lady
Word Origin and History for imaginable

late 14c., ymaginable, from Old French imaginable and directly from Late Latin imaginabilis, from Latin imaginari (see imagine). Related: Imaginably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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