incalculable

adjective
in·​cal·​cu·​la·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkal-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce incalculable (audio) \

Definition of incalculable

: not capable of being calculated: such as
a : very great did incalculable damage
b : not predictable : uncertain an incalculable outcome

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Other Words from incalculable

incalculability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkal-​kyə-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incalculability (audio) \ noun
incalculably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkal-​kyə-​lə-​blē How to pronounce incalculably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of incalculable in a Sentence

The extent of the damage is incalculable. The collection is of incalculable value to historians. The future consequences of their decision are incalculable.
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Recent Examples on the Web Despite those increases, the state is still digging out from its 10-week shutdown and trying to go through incalculable amounts of mail. oregonlive, "Oregon DMV swamped by pandemic backlog, unclear of how long it’ll take to catch up," 15 Oct. 2020 But its focus is less on addressing systemic failures or advocating for sweeping policy change than simply showing the incalculable toll that the dispossession of just one life can take. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Intimate, extraordinary documentary Time puts a human face to mass incarceration: Review," 15 Oct. 2020 The piece’s simplicity remains its power: Gonzalez-Torres, who, four years later, succumbed to effects of the disease at age 38, forced us to confront not merely the millions taken by the virus, but the incalculable sorrow of those left behind. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 The costs of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and deadly wildfire season are still incalculable for some Oregon farmers, but while some see setbacks, others have seen opportunities. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon farmers reflect on a year they call a 'crisis on top of a crisis'," 12 Oct. 2020 This is incalculable, but VW is Germany’s largest company, and engineering is Germany’s pride, the heart of the country’s business brand. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "5 years in, damages from the VW emissions cheating scandal are still rolling in," 6 Oct. 2020 Some experts believe the man is Abraham Lincoln, captured hours after the nation's beloved 16th president succumbed to an assassin's bullet on April 15, 1865, a heretofore unknown photo of incalculable emotional and historic value. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Documentary tries to prove existence of dead Lincoln photo," 1 Oct. 2020 The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic eclipsed 1 million on Monday night — a figure that carries an incalculable human cost, and is almost certainly an undercount. Washington Post, "Live updates: Global coronavirus death toll tops 1 million as U.N. chief warns that ‘misinformation kills’," 29 Sep. 2020 For so many of us who loved her dearly, the feeling of personal loss is incalculable. Ryan Park, The Atlantic, "RBG Inspired Me to Be a Better Lawyer and Father," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of incalculable

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Incalculable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incalculable. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for incalculable

incalculable

adjective
How to pronounce incalculable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of incalculable

: very large or great
: not able to be predicted

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