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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Other Words from unbelievable

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 Opening this store and everything that went into the opening of the store has been the experience of a lifetime—breathtaking, unbelievable. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: Not even a pandemic could stop this Los Angeles food truck from setting up a new shop," 24 June 2020 Then, in an episode of déjà vu, another unbelievable headline appeared on my newsfeed. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Alaska’s Bear Hunting Regulation Changes Aren’t as Sensational as They Sound," 22 June 2020 Scientists have known about microplastic pollution (technically, bits less than 5 millimeters long) for decades, but the almost unbelievable pervasiveness of the stuff in the environment has really become clear in the last few years. Matt Simon, Wired, "Who's to Blame for Plastic Microfiber Pollution?," 22 June 2020 Like rumors surrounding Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster or Darko Milicic’s talent, stories of Okudah’s maniacal learning are no less wondrous and nearly unbelievable. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator said about rookie Jeff Okudah," 18 June 2020 Advancements like this in satellite imaging would have seemed unbelievable to the folks who started working on such research in earnest in the 1960s. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Satellites Are Capturing the Protests, and Just About Everything Else on Earth," 15 June 2020 Astonished by the unbelievable execution and innovation virtual viewers witnessed, some called for publications including Forbes to feature her. Mikeisha Vaughn, Essence, "We Asked You To Remember Who Did It First And You Did Not," 4 June 2020 The results from just 1 use were unbelievable [and] lasted the entire day. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "These Wrinkle Patches Are the Easiest Way to Reduce Fine Lines as You Sleep," 27 May 2020 Now to have some pandemic come along and shut us down is just unbelievable. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Flower industry hit hard as coronavirus pandemic dries up business," 30 Mar. 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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“Unbelievable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbelievable. Accessed 3 Jul. 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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