in·​cred·​i·​ble | \(ˌ)in-ˈkre-də-bəl \

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 \ noun
incredibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkre-​də-​bəl-​nəs \ 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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The two also posed on the red carpet together and looked absolutely incredible! Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Joey King Walked the 2018 Emmys Red Carpet With a Guy Who IS NOT Jacob Elordi," 17 Sep. 2018 But Farley also manages to pull off some incredible tricks while helping Ivens around the house. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "Baby and Bulldog Share the Same Birthday—and They Think They're Brothers," 30 July 2018 The styles are very different, and Texas has developed and incredible craft style barbecue and that’s what the rave is right now. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood resident to appear on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters” next month," 13 July 2018 This magic spray has been around for decades and appears to have incredible restorative abilities. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Just what is in that ‘magic spray’ trainers use at the World Cup?," 13 July 2018 Over the last 30 years there have been hundreds of incredible individual plays by Bengals players. Jim Owczarski,, "The No. 2 Cincinnati Bengals play in last 30 years: Jerome Simpson’s flip," 12 July 2018 Helen was an incredible cook and won many awards for various recipes. Hartford Courant,, "Helen Umberfield," 10 July 2018 Because of the incredible public backlash, attempts to roll back the act failed. Stephanie Glover, STAT, "We need another July 4 uprising to protect women’s health," 6 July 2018 Melanie and her husband, Brian, immediately discussed their enjoyment of Paper Giants' artistic elements, calling the costumes wild and the makeup incredible. Danny Atkinson, Courant Community, "Epoch Arts Opens Summer Season," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of incredible

: difficult or impossible to believe

: extremely good, great, or large


in·​cred·​i·​ble | \in-ˈkre-də-bəl \

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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