un·​be·​liev·​able | \ˌən-bə-ˈlē-və-bəl \

Definition of unbelievable 

: too improbable for belief the plot is unreal and unbelievable also : of such a superlative degree as to be hard to believe the destruction was unbelievable made an unbelievable catch in center field

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unbelievably \ ˌən-​bə-​ˈlē-​və-​blē \ adverb

Examples of unbelievable in a Sentence

a completely unbelievable story about why there was lipstick on his collar

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Texas has a winning formula: no corporate or personal tax, smart spending, rising gas prices and an almost unbelievable rate of job growth. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "CNBC ranks Texas No. 1 for business, but offers residents a few warnings," 11 July 2018 That is until James returned home - having won two titles in Miami - and delivered that unlikely and unbelievable 2016 championship to the region. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "LeBron James: One man stands in the Warriors’ way," 30 May 2018 Then there's the almost-unbelievable price, which is possible by delivering a direct-to-consumer and direct-to-manufacture product. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Affordable Engagement Rings Are Actually Really Chic–And You Can Design Them Yourself," 16 Apr. 2018 West Ham's transfer business has been hailed as 'unbelievable' by Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge after it was confirmed that the club has signed Paraguay international Fabian Balbuena from Corinthians. SI.com, "Sky Sports Journalist Hails 'Unbelievable' Transfers After Another West Ham Deal Agreed," 12 July 2018 Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona While many head down into Grand Canyon on its steep, rocky trails, some other options offer up pretty unbelievable views. Samantha Lefave, Outside Online, "The Best National Parks for Those with Disabilities," 1 July 2018 The notion that the adage less is more might somehow apply to Plein seems, rather, unbelievable, but for his Plein Sport Spring collection, his regale was marginally toned down—and this was a good thing. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Philipp Plein Serves Up a Tennis-Themed Sport Collection in Milan," 17 June 2018 But most unbelievable of all is the movie's main boogeyman (boogeywoman?), Himiko, a corpse that can turn people into zombies with one touch. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "That Japanese Death Queen From Tomb Raider Was Real," 19 Mar. 2018 The atmosphere is unbelievable — 7,000 fans a game. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers outfield prospect Brock Deatherage a 'Kirk Gibson guy'," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of unbelievable

1548, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unbelievable

: difficult or impossible to believe

—used to describe something that is so good, bad, etc., that it is difficult to believe


un·​be·​liev·​able | \ˌən-bə-ˈlē-və-bəl \

Kids Definition of unbelievable

1 : too unlikely to be believed an unbelievable excuse

2 : very impressive or amazing an unbelievable catch

Other Words from unbelievable

unbelievably \ -​blē \ adverb unbelievably delicious

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