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
Recent Examples on the Web The story of Alex Murphy, a Detroit cop who's shot to pieces by a vicious gang and put back together as an invincible cyborg, had multiple layers of meaning. Julie Hinds,, "These are the 50 most essential movies set in Michigan," 12 Dec. 2019 As usual, the text listeners came with a lot of questions, as the Buckeyes won but perhaps looked less than invincible for the first time this season. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Was Ohio State football too conservative in its win over Penn State? Buckeye Talk Podcast," 24 Nov. 2019 Duchesne goalie Camille Lobb, a junior, was invincible throughout the game fending off four shots on goal. From Community Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Duchesne Academy repeats as TAPPS state field hockey champions," 30 Oct. 2019 And the toll Billy and the Flayed take on our girl does tell us one potentially scary thing about Stranger Things season 4's possible storyline: Eleven is not totally invincible. Rachel Paige,, "Untangling Stranger Things 3's Giant Eleven Twist & Everything It Changes," 5 July 2019 The Bulldogs shook away those doubts, however, and seemed invincible, finding ways to remain undefeated entering Sunday. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Male falls to Trinity in Class 6A state title game, its first loss in over a year," 8 Dec. 2019 And though this past week has shown no team in the country is invincible, the Huskies still have their work cut out for them with matchups against Oregon, Baylor and South Carolina scheduled in the new year. Alexa Philippou,, "Six numbers that summarize the first six games of the UConn women’s season," 3 Dec. 2019 Jackson was still effective as a runner, but the 49ers’ ultra-athletic defensive front proved the Ravens’ offense is not invincible against. Jonas Shaffer,, "Instant analysis: Ravens beat 49ers, 20-17, on Justin Tucker’s last-second 49-yard field goal for 8th straight win," 1 Dec. 2019 And all of this has culminated in what comes next: A showdown against their biggest rival, a juggernaut that has looked invincible for much of the season, and holds an eight-game win streak in this series. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football in a groove heading into Ohio State game: 'Every team can be beat'," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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“Invincible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat or overcome


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

Kids Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat

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