• WordNet 3.6
    • n inconceivableness the state of being impossible to conceive
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inconceivableness The quality of being inconceivable.
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  • Joseph Addison
    “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
    “A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “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
    “My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.”


In literature:

Any approach to personal disorder or neglect was inconceivable in Sibyl.
"The Whirlpool" by George Gissing
Waltham's point of view is not inconceivable.
"Demos" by George Gissing
Inconceivable to her this suffering that lay upon her friend.
"The Emancipated" by George Gissing
It was inconceivable that Nevil should apologize to her.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
He did not think of danger for Marie-Anne, for such a thought was inconceivable.
"The Flaming Forest" by James Oliver Curwood
Even that was inconceivable.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
What think you of those inconceivably small animals perceived by glasses?
"Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists" by George Berkeley
Such a thing would be inconceivable!
"The River's End" by James Oliver Curwood
As to the presence of Spanish troops on their soil, that was, of course, an inconceivable idea.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
It was inconceivably grotesque.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
But that he should carry a sum of money in his pocket seemed somehow inconceivable.
"Victory" by Joseph Conrad
Does it not suffice to annihilate religious prejudice, to shew, that what is inconceivable to man, cannot be good for him?
"Good Sense" by Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
The heat and stifling atmosphere were inconceivable and cruel.
"Five Months on a German Raider" by Frederic George Trayes
In his own cabin, without even removing his overcoat, he threw himself on his berth to think over the inconceivable story.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
It all seemed inconceivable, silly and futile to him, what he had done, and what they were doing.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It seemed inconceivable that he should have been in doubt up to this very moment.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The maid, who till then had been my plague, took an inconceivable friendship for me.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Does it occur to you that Mr. Bordman is nagging himself to achieve the inconceivable?
"Sand Doom" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
This all-pervading substance takes up their molecular tremors, and conveys them with inconceivable rapidity to our organs of vision.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The violence of the storm that was struggling with her was quite inconceivable.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair

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.
Veteran Mike Bibby started last night against the Nets and it's not inconceivable for interim coach Mike Woodson's favorite son to be the starting point guard in the first round of the playoffs if Baron Davis breaks down.
It seems inconceivable to me that anyone would knowingly allow this camera to be pointed at their living room.
"It is not inconceivable that the will take a stand against political interference," David Rea of Capital Economics wrote in a recent research note.
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.
Shortcomings in the Number 10 operation have long been noted by Whitehall watchers, but after the latest disastrous week it is not inconceivable they could threaten the survival of the Prime Minister himself.
Heading into the season, it was not inconceivable for the rebuilding Colts to be part of an upset.
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.

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
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
It is inconceivable that they did not make some adjustments for CTE, else, going by the size of corrections in (Dolphin 2002), the scatter in their data from one method to another should have been much larger.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
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
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
This is an adequate assumption for cases in which bursts are produced by an (inconceivable) mechanism which does not involve cometary collisions (e.g., collisions with other ob jects or internal processes).
Do Observations Exclude Gamma-ray Bursts Originating In the Oort Cloud Of Comets?
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
Thus it is not inconceivable that their interactions with the angles lead to a situation qualitatively different from the usual considerations.
Brane Junctions in the Randall-Sundrum Scenario