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1. Acceptable or permissible according to conscience: the debate over whether capital punishment is conscionable.
2. Conscientious; principled.

[Obsolete conscions (variant of conscience) + -able.]


obsolete acceptable to one's conscience
[C16: from conscions, obsolete form of conscience]
ˈconscionably adv


(ˈkɒn ʃə nə bəl)

being in conformity with one's conscience; just.
[1540–50; conscion- (back formation from conscions, variant of conscience, the final -s taken for pl. sign) + -able]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.conscionable - acceptable to your conscience
just - used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting; "a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln; "a kind and just man"; "a just reward"; "his just inheritance"
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The Black Lion, who, like old John, had been waiting supper past all reasonable and conscionable hours, hailed this as a philosophical discovery of the profoundest and most penetrating kind; and the table being already spread, they sat down to supper straightway.
Assuming we are willing to make all of our purchases meaningful and socially conscionable, we can begin to address the issues of accumulation.
Regarding conscionable aspect it should be considered that responsibility can be a source of pressure on person that can at last lead to job exhaustion.
otherwise [have been] conscionable under [state] law.
There are patriotic and conscionable elements in media, who comprehend the issues in their true perspective and dispel the impression of present state of despondency, conspiracy theories and misperceptions.
Using Turkey's religious makeup as an argument against membership is neither realistic nor conscionable," he said.
decide whether the term is sufficiently conscionable to warrant
One of the most important aspects of consumer law is that all suppliers of goods and services act in a conscionable manner.
The proper and only conscionable way to deal with these types of inmates is to give them the treatment and help they so desperately need and deserve.
Neither limited air strikes on key facilities nor a full-scale ground invasion are justified or conscionable.
YOUR correspondent Alan Marsden (Views of the North, January 20), asked "why it is conscionable to build an island in the Thames estuary to create a hub airport but unthinkable to develop a hub airport in the North".
Devise matter against him, you cannot iustly taxe him for any enormitie; whether it be for not observing the Canons, or any temporall, or Ecclesiasticall Law, or in regard of the faithfull, and conscionable discharge of his calling, as the Lawes of God and man enioyne him: or in regard of his life and conversation.