Definition of inconceivable in US English:



  • Not capable of being imagined or grasped mentally; unbelievable.

    with clause ‘it seemed inconceivable that the president had been unaware of what was going on’
    ‘they behaved with inconceivable cruelty’
    • ‘Because the falsity of such a proposition is inconceivable, you cannot have a clear grasp of its meaning and be in doubt as to its truth.’
    • ‘It is inconceivable that these powers could be applied to a demonstration.’
    • ‘It is inconceivable that low percentages of women in other jobs would get such special treatment.’
    • ‘It is inconceivable that people should be working and not have anything to show for it.’
    • ‘I don't want to look at this stuff very often, but it's inconceivable that it wouldn't be there when I needed it.’
    • ‘Because the notion of it still being broken was simply inconceivable.’
    • ‘Taylor must prove equally astute, though it seems inconceivable that the next manager will survive so long.’
    • ‘It is inconceivable that the council have the power to banish us from outside our own front door in the name of traffic flow for a race meeting.’
    • ‘It is inconceivable to think he would allow a book go to print without including in it his summary of events in Saipan.’
    • ‘In this early morning paradise, it seemed inconceivable that enormous violence was about to be unleashed.’
    • ‘That's inconceivable to me, the thought of someone understanding me better than I do.’
    • ‘We find it inconceivable that his accounts were imagined or invented.’
    • ‘That kind of financial irregularity would be inconceivable today, even in Motherwell and Wishaw.’
    • ‘It is not inconceivable that his methods could have resulted in some of them becoming identified against their will.’
    • ‘Having moved from Anfield to Elland Road, it is inconceivable that Fowler will be left behind if fully fit and back in form.’
    • ‘If he had, however, it is inconceivable that he would have blamed his mother.’
    • ‘The idea that he might just conceivably stand for values which are socially destructive is of course inconceivable.’
    • ‘I look to see if she's near - maybe some effort's not so inconceivable after all.’
    • ‘It is not at all inconceivable that a small number of them are capable of acting like idiots.’
    • ‘Discordant declarations are inconceivable and, when they occur, devastating.’
    beyond belief, unbelievable, extremely difficult to believe, scarcely credible, incredible, unthinkable, unimaginable, unimagined, extremely unlikely, not in the least likely, extremely implausible, extremely doubtful
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