American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Acceptable or permissible according to conscience: "Ignoring [disadvantaged minorities] is no more conscionable today than it was in the riot-scorched America of 20 years ago” ( Christian Science Monitor).
- adj. Conscientious; principled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Governed by conscience; conscientious.
- Conformable to conscience; consonant with right or duty; proper; just.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Governed by, or according to, conscience; reasonable; just.
- adj. acceptable to your conscience
- Obsolete conscions (variant of conscience) + -able. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Viet Nam also set the precedent for the CIA to go well beyond any conscionable realm for their involvement in the murder of Diem.”
“On the plus side of the ledger, Iraq has many of the structural features of a modern, functioning society - an educated populace, an economic middle class and bureaucratic institutions that, while lumbering and more corrupt than would be conscionable by our standards, still manage to deliver services to the public.”
“All it promises now is deforestation, escalating world food prices, revolution and starvation. the only conscionable use for food is food.”
“Actually treating them like "common criminals" is conscionable because it validates our system of laws and our culture.”
“Any time we make a conscionable effort at acquiring said Wardrobe we invariably become confused and disoriented and have to breathe deeply and then go eat a snack.”
“This appears to either be a case of seeking tax exemptions (which makes less sense than for heterosexual couples capable of having children and the necessity for said exemptions that accompanies that) or for acknowledgement of their lifestyles as conscionable by the American people.”
“Both are medically, ethically conscionable uses of a donated body.”
“Walking away from atrocities does not make them go away, and it is not conscionable morally or wise strategically ...”
“If people feel isolated, powerless, frustrated, unexpressed and suppressed, is it socially conscious and conscionable to present programs that sustain and reinforce the status quo?”
“Arrogant Apollo, responsible Artemis, lusty Aphrodite and conscionable Eros are feeling less than mighty when house cleaner Alice sweeps her way into their lives.”
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