Simple Definition of incredible
: difficult or impossible to believe
: extremely good, great, or large
Examples of incredible in a sentence
The movie tells an incredible story of survival.
I find his explanation pretty incredible.
Incredible as it may seem, she's had no formal training as an artist.
It's incredible to me that such a lazy person could be so successful.
a landscape of incredible beauty
The new job is an incredible opportunity.
We have put an incredible amount of work into this project.
Origin and Etymology of incredible
Middle English, from Latin incredibilis, from in- + credibilis credible
First Known Use: 15th century
INCREDIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of incredible for Students
1 : too strange or unlikely to be believed <It was an incredible story.>
2 : extremely or amazingly good, great, or large <incredible strength>
Word Root of incredible
The Latin word credere, meaning “to believe,” gives us the root cred. Words from the Latin credere have something to do with believing someone or something. Something credible is easy to believe, while something incredible is so out of the ordinary that it is difficult to believe. Giving credit to something someone says is believing that it is true.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up incredible? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).