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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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  • Diamond anvil cells squeeze a material to intense pressures, and laser pulses heat it to unimaginable temperatures.
  • It's unimaginable that people could do this sort of astronomy without having high-powered computers to help with the task.
  • We believe the future will bring advances that are today almost unimaginable.
  • Delineated by caste, a society less fit for democracy was almost unimaginable.
  • Ten years ago such an endeavour would have been unimaginable.
  • Well-off people behave in a way their parents would find unimaginable, buying homes and cars not by saving up but by borrowing.
  • The king will be impeachable-with the support of two-thirds of an elected parliament-but this is currently unimaginable.
  • For now, alas, the political trade-offs and mammoth infrastructure development this would require make it seem unimaginable.
  • And they use privileged bandwidth that could otherwise deliver unimaginable broadband applications.
  • Their big, trusting eyes conceal unimaginable suffering.
British Dictionary definitions for unimaginable


difficult or impossible to believe; inconceivable
Derived Forms
unimaginably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unimaginable

1610s, from un- (1) "not" + imaginable. Related: Unimaginably.



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

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