invincible

adjective

in·​vin·​ci·​ble (ˌ)in-ˈvin(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio)
: incapable of being conquered, overcome, or subdued
a seemingly invincible army
invincibleness noun
invincibly adverb

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Invincible Has Latin Origins

Invincible comes from Latin invincibilis—a combination of the negative prefix in- with the Latin verb vincere, meaning "to conquer." Vincere also gave English vincible, meaning (unsurprisingly) "capable of being overcome or subdued."

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Invincible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/invincible. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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invincible

adjective
in·​vin·​ci·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈvin(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio)
: incapable of being defeated, overcome, or subdued
an invincible army
invincibly adverb

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