in·​cred·​i·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkre-də-bəl How to pronounce incredible (audio) \

Definition of incredible

1 : too extraordinary and improbable to be believed making incredible claims
2 : amazing, extraordinary incredible skill an incredible appetite met an incredible woman

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Other Words from incredible

incredibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkre-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incredibility (audio) \ noun
incredibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkre-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce incredibleness (audio) \ noun

Examples of incredible in a Sentence

The movie tells an incredible story of survival. I find his explanation pretty incredible. Incredible as it may seem, she's had no formal training as an artist. It's incredible to me that such a lazy person could be so successful. a landscape of incredible beauty The new job is an incredible opportunity. We have put an incredible amount of work into this project.
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Recent Examples on the Web On the Outer Banks, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is celebrating the miraculous return (and incredible weight gain!) of a wild stallion that was believed to have died weeks ago. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Wild Stallion Thought to Be Dead Remerges from Outer Banks Swamp 150 Pounds Heavier," 15 May 2020 Scroll Speaking of Bezos, this visualization of the Amazon CEO’s $139 billion wealth is incredible. Fortune, "Designing a safe work space for the post-pandemic era," 5 May 2020 Even under a normal situation, that was great, but to do it now with the concern with the virus was incredible. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'They bought him time': Sussex couple defies social distance for CPR to save a stranger's life," 1 May 2020 But don’t be fooled by its humble appearance, the Allen wrench is an effective hand tool that can produce an incredible amount of torque. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use an Allen Wrench Like a Pro," 25 Apr. 2020 My wife, who's been incredible through the whole thing and my rock and support system, is not one to really show her emotions. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, "‘It Feels Like Another Loss’: What It's Like to Pause Fertility Treatments Because of Coronavirus," 22 Apr. 2020 While medical professionals on the front lines are putting themselves at risk every day, Campbell acknowledges that people at home are also grappling with an incredible amount of stress and anxiety. Annie O’sullivan, Woman's Day, "Dr. TikTok Is Using Dance to Spread Joy to His Patients — and the World — During Covid-19," 22 Apr. 2020 That hydraulic infrastructure required an incredible amount of labor to build and maintain, Nash says. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Shrewd water use helped South America’s first empire thrive. So why did a drought destroy it?," 16 Apr. 2020 The result has been incredible: India has instituted the world’s strictest, most-wide-ranging Covid-19 lockdown. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "India is enforcing the harshest and most extensive Covid-19 lockdown in the world," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of incredible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incredible

Middle English, from Latin incredibilis, from in- + credibilis credible

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The first known use of incredible was in the 15th century

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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Incredible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce incredible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of incredible

: difficult or impossible to believe
: extremely good, great, or large


in·​cred·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈkre-də-bəl How to pronounce incredible (audio) \

Kids Definition of incredible

1 : too strange or unlikely to be believed It was an incredible story.
2 : extremely or amazingly good, great, or large incredible strength

Other Words from incredible

incredibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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