Definition of conscionable in US English:



  • 1Acting, or wishing to act, according to one's conscience; habitually governed by a sense of what is right; scrupulous;.

  • 2Of or relating to conscience or equity. Now rare.

  • 3Legally valid; equitable, just. Now also in weaker sense: justifiable, reasonable.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hugh Latimer (c1485–1555), bishop of Worcester, preacher, and protestant martyr. From conscion-, inferred singular of conscions, variant of conscience + -able, perhaps after e.g. passionable or rationable.