unthinkable


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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.
References in classic literature ?
With the first drink he could eat a meal, and he could persuade himself that that was economy; with the second he could eat another meal--but there would come a time when he could eat no more, and then to pay for a drink was an unthinkable extravagance, a defiance of the agelong instincts of his hunger-haunted class.
How many possible combinations there are with the five million telephones of the Bell System, or what unthinkable mileage of conversation, no one has ever dared to guess.
As I gazed at it on that far-gone night it seemed to call across the unthinkable void, to lure me to it, to draw me as the lodestone attracts a particle of iron.
I wanted her to come to me and say, " I love you, " and, if she would not so come, or if to hope that she would ever do so was an unthinkable absurdity--why, then there was nothing else for me to want.
It must be true, as the Tirah priest said when I stole his cousin's wife, that I am a Sufi [a free-thinker]; for here I sit, I said Mahbub to himself, 'drinking in blasphemy unthinkable .
He COULDN'T, by any lapse, have blocked that aperture; and if he hadn't, if it was unthinkable, why what else was clear but that there had been another agent?
Encompassed in a luminous cloud, of which he was now merely the fiery heart, without material substance, he swung through unthinkable arcs of oscillation, like a vast pendulum.
First it was a distant din and thrill of something unthinkable on the horizon of the crowd, even beyond the castle.
Welland exclaimed when her mother's last plan was hinted to her; and from this unthinkable indecency the clan recoiled with a collective shudder.
There was the same instant of unthinkable cold and utter darkness that I had experienced twenty years before, and then I opened my eyes in another world, beneath the burning rays of a hot sun, which beat through a tiny opening in the dome of the mighty forest in which I lay.
As I came cautiously to the edge of the low cliff overlooking the Lost Sea of Korus I saw Thurid pushing out upon the bosom of the shimmering water in a small skiff--one of those strangely wrought craft of unthinkable age which the Holy Therns, with their organization of priests and lesser therns, were wont to distribute along the banks of the Iss, that the long journey of their victims might be facilitated.
The captain has brought this condition upon himself, so why then should I risk subjecting my wife to unthinkable horrors in a probably futile attempt to save him from his own brutal folly?