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incredible

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adjective in·cred·i·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈkre-də-bəl\

Simple Definition of incredible

  • : difficult or impossible to believe

  • : extremely good, great, or large

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incredible

  1. 1 :  too extraordinary and improbable to be believed <making incredible claims>

  2. 2 :  amazing, extraordinary <incredible skill> <an incredible appetite> <met an incredible woman>

incredibility

play \-ˌkre-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

incredibleness

play \-ˈkre-də-bəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of incredible in a sentence

  1. The movie tells an incredible story of survival.

  2. I find his explanation pretty incredible.

  3. Incredible as it may seem, she's had no formal training as an artist.

  4. It's incredible to me that such a lazy person could be so successful.

  5. a landscape of incredible beauty

  6. The new job is an incredible opportunity.

  7. 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

incredible

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adjective in·cred·i·ble \in-ˈkre-də-bəl\

Definition of incredible for Students

  1. 1 :  too strange or unlikely to be believed <It was an incredible story.>

  2. 2 :  extremely or amazingly good, great, or large <incredible strength>

incredibly

\-blē\ adverb


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.



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