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"Unthinkable! Inconceivable! Absurd! He could never be made into marshmallows!"
Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
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inconceivable inconceivably
Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, inconceivable means not conceivable.
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  • "Unthinkable! Inconceivable! Absurd! He could never be made into marshmallows!"
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • It isn’t inconceivable; it could happen.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The amount of space was almost inconceivable, and Clarke suddenly felt light-headed, as if she were about to float away.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • It would be inconceivable.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • I glance back into the kitchen at the inconceivable mess I’ve made.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Since it was inconceivable to me that Halloween was not as much a part of their vocabulary as it was of mine, I felt that I had obfuscated the high festival of witchcraft with a combination of too much talk and too much bull.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was a Europe of almost inconceivable sweetness—a Europe that Sophie, drowning in her sorrow above me, could never have known.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • It seemed inconceivable, but all appearances pointed to my being someplace where the customs and politics of the late eighteenth century still held sway.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • That was inconceivable now.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • It is inconceivable, the agony with which this public veneration tortured him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • A devil with merely local powers like a parish vestry would be too inconceivable a thing.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It was inconceivable that the Tsimtsum should sink without eliciting a peep of concern.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He was a gullible sort of man, he knew me by sight and reputation and it was inconceivable to him that a man of my standing should actually be a murderer!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It would have been inconceivably dangerous even if he had known how to set about doing it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • My mind, with inconceivable rapidity followed out all the consequences of such a death.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He thought that the young fellow must have made a mistake—it was inconceivable to him that any person could have a home like a hotel or the city hall.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It is inconceivable that he would bring you into the inner circle.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I can imagine Mother dying someday, but Daddy’s death seems inconceivable.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • All these evolutions are executed with an inconceivable address and marvellous rapidity, without the police interfering in the matter.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Dinosaurs and humans living together at the same time was simply inconceivable.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • The inconceivable is outlined a few paces distant from you with a spectral clearness.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It’s because it makes no difference to her at all whether I speak or not; as if I didn’t exist and never had existed…the thing more inconceivable than one’s death—never to have been born….
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • One scientist estimates that if you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—an inconceivable number, given that an individual cell weighs almost nothing.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • It’s almost inconceivable.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • It seemed inconceivable until Roran considered how he himself had changed in the past few weeks.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • True, the Illuminati had an obvious enemy, but a wide-scale terrorist attack against that enemy was inconceivable.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It is inconceivable.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • One by one, Ronnie watched them crawling past, thinking them so incredibly small that survival seemed almost inconceivable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • It seemed inconceivable then that the war could last that long, for God was on his side, he had been told, and God, he had also been told, could do whatever He wanted to.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Though Edward clearly—if inconceivably—preferred me, I wouldn’t be able to help making comparisons.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He had hardly gone ten strides before his shin was caught in some mysterious fashion, and he was no longer running, but flying with inconceivable rapidity through the air.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • That his anger could be carried to such a point of inconceivable resentment as to refuse his daughter a privilege without which her marriage would scarcely seem valid, exceeded all she could believe possible.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Although I possessed the capacity of bestowing animation, yet to prepare a frame for the reception of it, with all its intricacies of fibres, muscles, and veins, still remained a work of inconceivable difficulty and labour.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • To his mind this was power unusual, power inconceivable and beyond the natural, power that was godlike.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Inconceivable, isn’t it?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was evidently almost inconceivable to herself that she could sit down beside them.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Nana had always been so full of life, so full of energy, that until a few months ago it had been inconceivable to Beth that Nana would ever slow down.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • It was inconceivable to him that Charles’ only son should be reared where he could not supervise the rearing.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He was all over as bright as a flash of fire that a little before surrounded him; his countenance inconceivably terrible; the earth as it were trembled when he stept upon the ground, and flashes of fire seemed to fill all the air.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world about me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Half dead of that inconceivable anguish which the rolling of a ship produces, one-half of the passengers were not even sensible of the danger.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • To me it’s inconceivable that he would have short-roped anybody unless he believed very strongly that Scott wanted him to do it.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • But what made the idea of attack inconceivable to me was the nature of the noise—of the cries we had heard.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The inconceivable impudence!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Fischer finds it inconceivable that Dawes could have ridden all seventeen miles to Lexington and not spoken to anyone along the way.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • And my entire—firm—inconceivable opinion is— A number of voices.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • That was to him something utterly inconceivable and impossible.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • These pains appeared to flash along well defined lines of ramification and to beat with an inconceivably rapid periodicity.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
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