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"unthinkable" in British English

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unthinkableadjective

uk   /ʌnˈθɪŋ.kə.bəl/ us   /ʌnˈθɪŋ.kə.bəl/

the unthinkable

an unthinkable event or situation: The unthinkable had happened - his secret activities had been discovered by the press.
(Definition of unthinkable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unthinkable" in American English

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unthinkableadjective

us   /ʌnˈθɪŋ·kə·bəl/
too shocking or unlikely to be imagined as possible: A world without music would be unthinkable.

the unthinkable

something that is very unlikely or undesirable: The president’s car did the unthinkable – it stopped at a red light.
(Definition of unthinkable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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