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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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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But the youngest Americans, from kindergarten through senior year, who cannot buy a gun themselves except, maybe, in their last few months in school, are bearing an enormous, incalculable weight of trauma. Vogue, "The Year in School Shootings," 2 June 2019 The cost of rape may be incalculable—but this wasn't supposed to be part of it. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They're Paying the Price.," 29 Nov. 2018 No trees, no grass, no softness or sweetness, only two astronauts alive to the danger but improbably alive, against incalculable odds, and bound for glory on their return. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘First Man’ Review: Sticking an Epic Landing," 11 Oct. 2018 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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