inconceivability

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inconceivability the state of being impossible to conceive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inconceivability The quality of being inconceivable; inconceivableness. "The inconceivability of the Infinite."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inconceivability The quality of being inconceivable.
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
  • Andre Maurois
    Andre%20Maurois
    “A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    Joseph%20Conrad
    “There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    W.%20S.%20Gilbert
    “My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.”

Usage

In literature:

The little house was almost inconceivable without Mrs.
"Helen with the High Hand (2nd ed.)" by Arnold Bennett
Inconceivable vision, affecting Mrs. Maldon with palpitation!
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
Against the sky it looked very rugged, very old, very formidable; and the sky, behind its yellowed age, was inconceivably blue.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The arrangement seemed a hideous joke: a refinement of cruelty inconceivable.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The universality of nature's laws was inconceivable under polytheism.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
And yet all these things, so inconceivable to Bartie, happened.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
A silence that seemed an inconceivably long one to the almost overwrought girl was broken by the clerk asking would she register?
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
Portraits of Poppy on the walls, in every conceivable and inconceivable attitude.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
There were inconceivable ideas in August, 1914.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Its equal for ugliness is inconceivable.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
It was inconceivable that she should defy the laws of God for the sake of a prolongation of tragedy.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
It was equally inconceivable that he had sold the precious things for vulgar money.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
The competition is inconceivably severe.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Panting and wild-eyed, Jenks was at the girl's side in an inconceivably short space of time.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
It was inconceivable that the son of the house of Thatcher should seriously seek a chance to do manual labor.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
His army experienced inconceivable sufferings in that cold, inhospitable clime.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
That inconceivable Brahma, that unopposable Godhead, is my strength!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Those matters, however, that are inconceivable, should never be sought to be solved by reason.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Distinction between "inconceivability" in a formal or symbolical, and in a material or realisable sense.
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
It was inconceivable that he could ever feel embarrassed or self-conscious.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
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In poetry:

There is a might inspiring
Each consecrated word,
That speaks the inconceivable
And holy will of God.
"The Prayer" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Whence from the trivial flux of Things,
Rise inconceived miscarryings,
Outrageous but immortal, shown,
Of Her great love, to me alone…
"The Playmate" by Rudyard Kipling
From that inconceivable height----
O inward eyes that saw and ears that heard,
Spiritual swift wings that stirred
In that warm-flushing air and unendurable light;
"The Fall" by John Freeman
Inconceivable Nature! these, thy inert creatures,
With their sphinx-like stature, are of man the teachers;
Silent, secret, passive, endless as the ages,
'Gainst their forces massive fruitlessly he rages.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
I want the fine, kindling wine-sap of spring,
gold, and of inconceivably fine, quintessential brightness,
rare almost as beams, yet overwhelmingly potent,
strong like the greatest force of world-balancing.
"Craving For Spring" by D H Lawrence

In news:

It's not inconceivable because it is already being done.
Linda, while Harry Reid's and Nancy Pelosi's tone deafness never fails to amaze me, I find it nearly inconceivable that they would seek to overturn the Ricci decision.
NEW YORK — When he was first told in 2008 about Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme, attorney David Sheehan had a response that now sounds inconceivable.
When he was first told in 2008 about Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme, attorney David Sheehan had a response that now sounds inconceivable.
NEW YORK (AP) — When he was first told in 2008 about Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme, attorney David Sheehan had a response that now sounds inconceivable.
It seems inconceivable to me that anyone would knowingly allow this camera to be pointed at their living room.
It seems inconceivable now –.
Image Gallery for Smith, Romney gain ground in latest Pa. What once seemed inconceivable to Democrats now has shifted into the realm of the possible.
Heading into the season, it was not inconceivable for the rebuilding Colts to be part of an upset.
It's not inconceivable that he's right.
But Romney also made some big news in the same speech with his approach to policy toward Israel and the Palestinians : that a Palestinian state is inconceivable and that the Palestinians still want to destroy Israel.
Maritime transportation has steadily evolved in sophistication, with state-of-the-art equipment, global weather information gathering, GPS tracking and once-inconceivable capacity for container transp.
That Utah's largest-circulation paper would snub Mitt is inconceivable.
Inconceivable says writer William Goldman.
It's inconceivable as to why a group of junior high school students would throw litter into the reflecting pool at the World Trade Center earlier in the week.
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In science:

It is not inconceivable than that the lower part of the reconnected tube (with the larger fraction of the flux) which is rooted to the overshoot layer, sinks back into the overshoot layer.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
It is inconceivable to design a modern operating system or compiler if this fundamental requirement is not met.
Function Interface Models for Hardware Compilation: Types, Signatures, Protocols
The modern world is inconceivable without it.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Let us immediately add that we find it not at all inconceivable that there is some easy way around this problem, allowing to apply the techniques used for the spectral analysis of H to determine the asymptotics of (1.1).
Approach to ground state and time-independent photon bound for massless spin-boson models
It is this fundamental point that makes it inconceivable that the final form of M theory could be expressed in terms of any particular classical background.
Towards a background independent approach to M theory
It is a great challenge either to show that inflation really occurs as a consequence of fundamental physics, and to find an identity and a torso for the inflaton and its potential; or else to replace it with something different (this is still not inconceivable, perhaps, since the “evidence” is rather generic).
Future Summary
The thermal spectrum of the microwave background, outlining the surface of last scattering at the epoch of recombination, has been measured by COBE’s FIRAS instrument to a degree of precision inconceivable to the vast ma jority of astronomical observations.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Quantum information processing (QIP) is set to change computation and communication in a way inconceivable by our classical perceptions.
Superposition and Entanglement: Pillars of Quantum Information Processing
For the former this assumption is a cornerstone of the scientific method (and alternatives are virtually inconceivable), but for the latter it is an assumption with no real justification.
New Constraints on variations of the fine structure constant from CMB anisotropies
This is a possibility which is presently beyond our reach, but intriguingly it is not inconceivable for a not-so-distant future.
Testing quantum-spacetime relativity with gamma-ray telescopes
It is almost inconceivable that pure formal reasoning can produce a valid prediction about the behavior of a physical device.
Informal Control code logic
So that before the big bang there was a "no time" or a "no space" is inconceivable for an objective reality.
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
Unfortunately, this observable is nigh-on impossible to compute in practice: not only is our modelling of the matrix element (for either signal or background) and detector response insufficient, but also the computational effort required to carry out such an analysis at the LHC is inconceivable.
Tools for extracting new physics in events with missing transverse momentum
Subluminal bubbles are still an open possibility, and it is not inconceivable that microscopic ones might even occur naturally.
On the (im)possibility of warp bubbles
Thus it is not inconceivable, that while the mass scale at the brane with positive tension is 1019 GeV, due to the exponential suppression it might be a few TeV on the brane with negative tension, thereby possibly solving the hierarchy problem [4, 7].
Brane Junctions in the Randall-Sundrum Scenario
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