in·​cred·​i·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkre-də-bəl How to pronounce incredible (audio) \

Definition of incredible

1 : too extraordinary and improbable to be believed making incredible claims
2 : amazing, extraordinary incredible skill an incredible appetite met an incredible woman

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Other Words from incredible

incredibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkre-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incredible (audio) \ noun
incredibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkre-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce incredible (audio) \ noun

Examples of incredible in a Sentence

The movie tells an incredible story of survival. I find his explanation pretty incredible. Incredible as it may seem, she's had no formal training as an artist. It's incredible to me that such a lazy person could be so successful. a landscape of incredible beauty The new job is an incredible opportunity. We have put an incredible amount of work into this project.
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Recent Examples on the Web The heist keeps moving to the arrival of a cameo by the incredible Jason Mantzoukas as everyone’s crazy cop, Pimento. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 18 Sep. 2021 Kentucky and Louisville's top-10, five-set matchup was full of back-and-forth points and incredible rallies on Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 17 Sep. 2021 Your home is your shelter to share all emotions, from the most incredible happy moments to the stressful, sad situations. Francisco Angulo, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Just across the intersection at Stockton and Ellis streets, the incredible voice of Parris Lane, 63, carries for blocks. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 The crew of #Inspiration4 had an incredible first day in space! William Harwood, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2021 Described as a respected former military man and intelligence operative, Gordon wields incredible insider power. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 16 Sep. 2021 Airport gates are usually the last point of solid ground that fliers experience before taking to the skies, but at one US airport this month a remarkable engineering feat saw several gates embark on their own incredible journey. Jane Levere, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty (available Sept. 21), Anderson dives deep into the past to tell the incredible story of how his Vanderbilt family ancestors were once among the richest people in the world before losing it all. Emily Strohm,, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of incredible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incredible

Middle English, from Latin incredibilis, from in- + credibilis credible

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19 Sep 2021

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“Incredible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incredible

: difficult or impossible to believe
: extremely good, great, or large


in·​cred·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈkre-də-bəl How to pronounce incredible (audio) \

Kids Definition of incredible

1 : too strange or unlikely to be believed It was an incredible story.
2 : extremely or amazingly good, great, or large incredible strength

Other Words from incredible

incredibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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