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1. Impossible to comprehend or grasp fully: inconceivable folly; an inconceivable disaster.
2. So unlikely or surprising as to have been thought impossible; unbelievable: an inconceivable victory against all odds.

in′con·ceiv′a·bil′i·ty, in′con·ceiv′a·ble·ness n.
in′con·ceiv′a·bly adv.
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Noun1.inconceivability - the state of being impossible to conceive
impossibility, impossibleness - incapability of existing or occurring
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Radical worlds: The anthropology of incommensurability and inconceivability.
of the formal change but also the utter inconceivability, in contrast
After all, this inwardness of God can hardly be approximated through our words and concepts: "Does Cusanus not save himself from the inadequacy of Greek metaphysics only by means of the flight into the inconceivability of the divine will and of God's activity?
Powerful Qualities, Zombies and Inconceivability, ALEXANDER CARRUTH
One of the definitions of Supreme Being, rejected by Aquinas is the premise of the ontological argument described by Saint Anselm in the Proslogion in which God is regarded as something beyond inconceivability.
The inconceivability of choices such as communal living, celibacy, and mass suicide render these groups fascinating and terrifying.
New York, SANA -- Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari described the Russian reading of the situation as an "accurate" one, citing Russian President Vladimir Putin's stress to the UN General Assembly on the inconceivability of fighting terrorism without coordination with the Syrian army.
Spirit" here refers to "a 'sensing' of infiniteness, transcendence, going beyond, wonderment, awe, inexplicability, inconceivability, etc.
The anxiety which Moure attempts to assuage is rooted not in any lack of political conscious or philosophical rigorousness on her part but, rather, in philosophical exigencies: in the inconceivability of bridging the gap between what Kant describes as moral philosophy and dynamical philosophy (108-09).
The inconceivability of such a policy is a mark not of any impracticability, but of the capture of governments by a financial oligarchy.
33) The inconceivability of this ecstasy poses a rhetorical problem for Hervey, but despite this lacuna, he assures his readers that at the end of days, when body and soul reunite, they are ' both received by their compassionate Redeemer
Yet demonstrating the endurance of an ideology is more easily accomplished than building an argument for the absolute inconceivability of a counter-ideology.