from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Impossible to comprehend or grasp fully: inconceivable folly; an inconceivable disaster.
- adj. So unlikely or surprising as to have been thought impossible; unbelievable: an inconceivable victory against all odds.
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- adj. unable to be conceived, unbelievable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not conceivable; incapable of being conceived by the mind; not explicable by the human intellect, or by any known principles or agencies; incomprehensible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Incapable of being conceived, or realized in the imagination; incredible; inexplicable.
- An expression which conveys no conception whatever, but is mere gibberish, is not called inconceivable, but unintelligible. The word inconceivable (see also unconceivable) is used in the following senses in philosophy: Involving a contradiction in terms, such as the idea of a non-existent being.
- Unacceptable to the mind because involving a violation of laws believed to be well established by positive evidence, as a perpetual motion.
- Unimaginable by man on account of an inseparable association, although not perhaps involving any contradiction nor even physically impossible, as the perception of color without extension.
- Unimaginable to a particular person from novelty, as the idea that parallel straight lines meet at infinity.
- Capable of being conceived only by a negative or relaive notion, such as the idea of infinity.
- Incredible; not to be imagined as believed in by any man, as the supposition of an event undetermined by a cause.
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- adj. totally unlikely
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