invincible

adjective
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

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Other Words from invincible

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

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The results of Sunday’s local elections are welcome evidence that the strongman isn’t invincible. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "A Rebuke for Turkey’s Strongman," 2 Apr. 2019 Basically, the guy's invincible—and so is his ability to take multitudes of women to bed. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 The mighty tech titans and their seemingly endless pipeline of profits, which powered one of the longest bull markets in stocks, are looking a little less invincible. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Tech stocks lead slump that erases November’s gain," 19 Nov. 2018 This rescue embodied everything good about the human spirit invincible. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Morning Line: Baseball is all about adjusting. So, adjust to the adjustment.," 10 July 2018 Even the most stoic of superstars is not invincible. Tony Fletcher, WSJ, "‘Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite’ Review: The Hardest-Working Man in Rock," 14 Dec. 2018 The list of Egyptian celebrities once believed to be invincible but who have fallen out of favor with el-Sissi's government is long. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Salah must tread carefully if he's to reform soccer in Egypt," 7 Sep. 2018 With its stock at an all-time high, the social media giant looks invincible. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is succeeding in spite of itself," 24 July 2018 Walker was once seen as the future of the Republican Party, the seemingly invincible conservative leader of a Midwestern state. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The race to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Democrats’ white whale, explained," 13 Aug. 2018

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

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invincible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat or overcome

invincible

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

Kids Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat

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