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."

Example Sentences

The loss proved that the team is not invincible. an invincible wrestler who has never lost a match
Recent Examples on the Web Marvel Comics In the Marvel Comics, a group of scientists on Earth called the Enclave embarked on a mission to create an army of invincible humans. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 5 May 2023 Not even the immortal jellyfish is invincible to death, come to think of it. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, 6 Apr. 2023 Phelps, 15, breaks the record of 1:55.18 set by Olympic gold medalist Tom Malchow in June. 2007 — American Ryan Lochte pulls off a stunning upset in the 200-meter backstroke, beating the supposedly invincible Aaron Peirsol with a world-record time of 1:54.32. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2023 Keanu Reeves returns as the nearly invincible assassin John Wick in this fourth installment of the popular action franchise. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 30 Jan. 2023 Over the next four years though, Hitler’s armies proved to be anything but invincible. Richard Galant, CNN, 19 Feb. 2023 Which isn’t to say invincible. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2022 The mind is not invincible—or able to soak up trauma after trauma, uncertainty after uncertainty, and still make a perfect comeback. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 Grayson Rodriguez isn’t invincible The Orioles’ decision to not have Rodriguez open the season on the major league roster was controversial. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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