in·​cal·​cu·​la·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkal-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce incalculable (audio) \

Definition of incalculable

: not capable of being calculated: such as
a : very great did incalculable damage
b : not predictable : uncertain an incalculable outcome

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Other Words from incalculable

incalculability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkal-​kyə-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incalculable (audio) \ noun
incalculably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkal-​kyə-​lə-​blē How to pronounce incalculable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of incalculable in a Sentence

The extent of the damage is incalculable. The collection is of incalculable value to historians. The future consequences of their decision are incalculable.
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Recent Examples on the Web Amid the incalculable losses of the pandemic, live music might seem trivial to some. Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2021 Countless families suffered incalculable losses and bear the scars to this day., 10 Sep. 2021 An attorney learns a lesson in empathy when he is faced with the near-impossible task of determining how to compensate families who suffered incalculable losses as a result of the September 11th attacks in 2001. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 29 Aug. 2021 In fact, that fallacy has resulted in incalculable losses in productivity and potential without actually resolving the real issue. Jeanet Wade, Forbes, 26 May 2021 For the families — and the state — the loss from the war on terror is incalculable. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 While Trump did incalculable damage, liberals in the media and Twitter cannot blame his predecessor forever. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 17 Aug. 2021 The risks, the costs, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 27 July 2021 But its real value is incalculable and ever-expanding. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of incalculable

1795, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2021

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“Incalculable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incalculable

: very large or great
: not able to be predicted


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