in·​com·​bus·​ti·​ble | \ ˌin-kəm-ˈbə-stə-bəl How to pronounce incombustible (audio) \

Definition of incombustible

: not combustible : incapable of being burned

Other Words from incombustible

incombustibility \ ˌin-​kəm-​ˌbə-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incombustible (audio) \ noun
incombustible noun

Examples of incombustible in a Sentence

we keep our important papers in an incombustible safe in the basement
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First Known Use of incombustible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incombustible

Middle English, probably from Middle French, from in- + combustible combustible

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“Incombustible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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