in·cal·cu·la·ble | \(ˌ)in-ˈkal-kyə-lə-bəl \

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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incalculability \(ˌ)in-ˌkal-kyə-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
incalculably \(ˌ)in-ˈkal-kyə-lə-blē \ 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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Auden returned to England in the late 1950s, but his influence on his American contemporaries as well as the younger poets of his day, like Mr. Hall, was incalculable. David Kirby, New York Times, "Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89," 24 June 2018 Beyond the obvious economic benefits are the incalculable human ones. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 The cultural loss is incalculable and deeply felt by my neighbors. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018 But graffiti artists, urban explorers and scrappers found ways to invade the depot and do incalculable damage. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station was a place where memories were made," 12 June 2018 For Kim, that achievement alone will give the 34-year-old leader incalculable prestige in his broken country., "Trump’s Korea plan echoes strategies tried in past," 2 June 2018 But the results of trying to box it up are incalculable. Crispin Sartwell, WSJ, "Conversion Therapy Isn’t the Cure for ‘Toxic Masculinity’," 1 June 2018 Our entire economic system relies on women performing incalculable hours of reproductive work without receiving any formal compensation at all. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Jordan Peterson Does Not Support ‘Equality of Opportunity’," 25 May 2018 The total cost of such a war in treasure and in blood is both incalculable and unacceptable. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s Low-Stakes Summit," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of incalculable

1795, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of incalculable

: very large or great

: not able to be predicted

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