un·​be·​liev·​able | \ ˌən-bə-ˈlē-və-bəl How to pronounce unbelievable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce unbelievably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unbelievable in a Sentence

a completely unbelievable story about why there was lipstick on his collar
Recent Examples on the Web In a year when the surreal became status quo, few moments stick out as truly unbelievable. J. Brady Mccollough Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Trump’s Big Ten football bet didn’t pay off as key states voted Biden," 7 Nov. 2020 In this way and many others, the community has wrought almost unbelievable annals in the history of migration. Vivek Menezes, Quartz India, "From the fringes to the White House: How Indian Americans made their way into US politics," 7 Nov. 2020 Watching fireworks, finding ice cream—to enjoy that as a parent was just an unbelievable experience. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Paul Scheer Has Vacationed at Disney World More Than Anywhere Else," 6 Nov. 2020 The stunning Green Mountains and unbelievable autumn dance that lays its colored carpet down for winter’s long visit. David Beard, National Geographic, "In a time of division, here’s what holds Americans together," 6 Nov. 2020 The one-time sultan’s palace built in the 1800s has been transformed into a truly stunning 310-room hotel that comes with some unbelievable perks. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Spend the Holidays in a Former Sultan’s Palace in Turkey," 5 Nov. 2020 But so much is still here, a place of unbelievable possibility, trying to find its way forward, out of the limbo, the impunity, the pandemic, into the future. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, "Lessons From a Place Where the Center Ground is Gone," 1 Nov. 2020 New Palestine, the reigning Class 5A champs for the past two years, notched one of the most unbelievable comebacks of the season – probably many seasons – on Friday night against visiting Franklin. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Five things we learned: Tough end for Hesson, an unreal comeback, quarantine watch and more," 1 Nov. 2020 But there is something darkly reminiscent of him in the Democrat nominee, whose biographical yarns can also prove unbelievable and outrageous. Jack Fowler, National Review, "Biden, Never," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unbelievable

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbelievable was in 1548

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18 Nov 2020

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“Unbelievable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbelievable. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce unbelievable (audio) \

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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