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un·think·a·ble

 (ŭn-thĭng′kə-bəl)
adj.
1. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable: "The inert gases have been coaxed into combination, and I have seen a fluoride of xenon, unthinkable in the 1940s" (Oliver Sacks).
2. Not worth considering because of being socially unacceptable, too difficult, or too risky: Raising taxes was politically unthinkable.
3. Abhorrent; monstrous: unthinkable brutality.

un·think′a·bil′i·ty, un·think′a·ble·ness n.
un·think′a·bly adv.

unthinkable

(ʌnˈθɪŋkəbəl)
adj
1. not to be contemplated; out of the question
2. unimaginable; inconceivable
3. unreasonable; improbable
unˌthinkaˈbility, unˈthinkableness n
unˈthinkably adv

un•think•a•ble

(ʌnˈθɪŋ kə bəl)

adj.
1. inconceivable; unimaginable.
2. not to be considered; out of the question.
un•think′a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unthinkable - incapable of being conceived or consideredunthinkable - incapable of being conceived or considered
incredible, unbelievable - beyond belief or understanding; "at incredible speed"; "the book's plot is simply incredible"
impossible - not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"
thinkable - capable of being conceived or imagined or considered

unthinkable

adjective
1. impossible, out of the question, inconceivable, unlikely, not on (informal), absurd, unreasonable, improbable, preposterous, illogical Her strong Catholic beliefs made abortion unthinkable.

unthinkable

adjective
1. Not to be believed:
Idioms: beyond belief, contrary to all reason.
2. Not capable of happening or being done:
Translations
لا يَخْطُر بِبال، لا يُتَصَوَّر
nemyslitelný
utænkelig
óhugsandi
neįsivaizduojamas
neiedomājams
nemysliteľný
düşünülemezimkânsız

unthinkable

[ʌnˈθɪŋkəbl]
A. ADJ
1. (= inconceivable) → inconcebible, impensable
it is unthinkable thates inconcebible or impensable que + subjun
2. (= unbearable) → insoportable
B. N the unthinkablelo inconcebible

unthinkable

[ʌnˈθɪŋkəbəl] adjimpensable, inconcevable

unthinkable

adjundenkbar, unvorstellbar; (Philos) → undenkbar; (= too horrible)unvorstellbar

unthinkable

[ʌnˈθɪŋkəbl] adjimpensabile, inconcepibile

unthinkable

(anˈθiŋkəbl) adjective
too outrageous to be considered. It would be unthinkable to ask him to do that.
unˈthinking adjective
showing lack of thought or consideration. His unthinking words had hurt her deeply.
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