in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvin(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio) \

Definition of invincible

: incapable of being conquered, overcome, or subdued a seemingly invincible army

Other Words from invincible

invincibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌvin(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ noun
invincibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ noun
invincibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ adverb

Invincible Has Latin Origins

The origins of invincible are easily subdued. The word derives, via Middle French, from Late Latin invincibilis—a combination of the negative prefix in- with vincibilis, an adjective meaning "conquerable," from the Latin verb vincere, "to conquer." Other descendants of vincere in English include convince, evince, vanquish, and even victor. Vincere also gave English vincible, meaning (unsurprisingly) "capable of being overcome or subdued," though it is significantly less common than invincible.

Examples of invincible in a Sentence

The loss proved that the team is not invincible. an invincible wrestler who has never lost a match
Recent Examples on the Web Textbooks are essentially invincible to medical training. Rayna Reid, Essence, 13 Dec. 2021 But this Packers team isn’t invincible, despite its 10-3 record. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 17 Dec. 2021 Could the allegations distract the seemingly invincible Monarchs from winning a third Open Division title since 2016? Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Dec. 2021 In years past, Alabama has appeared invincible down the stretch with a lead in the SEC West. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Nov. 2021 It’s Buddy, the towheaded kid with the wooden sword, garbage-can-cover shield and invincible grin. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2021 Even more alarming was that this strain of salmonella, known as multidrug-resistant infantis, was invincible against nearly all the drugs that doctors routinely use to fight severe food poisoning. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2021 In a year that seemed so invincible, the unthinkable has happened. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2021 The survivors must escape each map, but teamwork is required to avoid a bloody death at the hands of an invincible murderer. Simon Hill, Wired, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of invincible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invincible

Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin invincibilis, from Latin in- + vincere to conquer — more at victor

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9 Jan 2022

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“Invincible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat or overcome : unbeatable


in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ in-ˈvin-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio) \

Kids Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat

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