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 While on an expedition in the Galápagos Islands, conservations made several incredible discoveries — including finding descendants of tortoise species believed to be extinct. TheWeek, "Conservationists discover descendants of tortoise species thought to be extinct," 7 Feb. 2020 That is incredible, really, considering that most acts today do 90 minutes, tops. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Rolling Stones at FirstEnergy Stadium puts time back on our side — Chuck Yarborough," 6 Feb. 2020 The shinkansen train uses superconducting maglev (short for magnetic levitation) to achieve these incredible speeds. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Japan’s 375-MPH Levitating Train Is a Commuter's Dream Come True," 3 Feb. 2020 Our secondary just had an incredible day of hitting people. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 And all those new trees, while incredible, didn’t provide any direct insurance against extinction. Bradley White, National Geographic, "The story of the world’s loneliest tree," 24 Dec. 2019 My Name is an incredible, almost indescribable experience. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "Fortune Writers and Editors Recommend Their Favorite Books of 2019," 8 Dec. 2019 When many of my old players registered for and then participated in the ODP tryouts many years ago, the level of competition on the field was incredible. Bird Brown,, "Bird Brown: Hold onto to passion as long as you can in sports," 8 Dec. 2019 Memphis has been incredible against the spread this season, covering in five straight home games and six straight overall. Johnny Parlay, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies odds, picks and best bets," 17 Jan. 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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Incredible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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