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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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  • That she could ever be happy again, ever take a natural pleasure in life if she lost him, was unimaginable to her at the instant.

    Life and Gabriella Ellen Glasgow
  • All the world about him erupted in unimaginable brilliance; then darkness fell.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • In her eyes that were sea-grey there was an unimaginable calm.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • I know Katherine pretty well though, and its not unimaginable.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • During this time of unimaginable trouble some of the strongest minds were unhinged.

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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