in·​cal·​cu·​la·​ble (ˌ)in-ˈkal-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce incalculable (audio)
: not capable of being calculated: such as
: very great
did incalculable damage
: not predictable : uncertain
an incalculable outcome
incalculably adverb

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incalculable was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Incalculable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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in·​cal·​cu·​la·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈkal-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce incalculable (audio)
: not able to be calculated: as
: very great
: not able to be predicted
incalculably adverb
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