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

Other Words from incalculable

incalculability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkal-​kyə-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incalculable (audio) \ noun
incalculably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkal-​kyə-​lə-​blē How to pronounce incalculable (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 Published in 10 volumes from the 1830s through the 1870s, Bancroft’s opus is generally seen as the first comprehensive history of the country, and its influence was incalculable. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Additionally, the long-term impacts of blue light on something like aging — which happens over the course of years and is influenced by an incalculable number of factors — are exceedingly difficult to study. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Though the most famous incarnation of the Velvet Underground was only around from 1965 to 1968, its influence on the direction of rock music is incalculable. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 The economic benefits of this over the generations are incalculable. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 The legal and financial consequences are punishing enough, but the damage to reputation and trust is incalculable. Kit Kyte, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Amid the incalculable losses of the pandemic, live music might seem trivial to some. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 Countless families suffered incalculable losses and bear the scars to this day., 10 Sep. 2021 An attorney learns a lesson in empathy when he is faced with the near-impossible task of determining how to compensate families who suffered incalculable losses as a result of the September 11th attacks in 2001. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of incalculable

1795, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2021

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“Incalculable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incalculable

: very large or great
: not able to be predicted


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