in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvin(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio) \

Definition of invincible

: incapable of being conquered, overcome, or subdued a seemingly invincible army

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Other Words from invincible

invincibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌvin(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ noun
invincibleness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ noun
invincibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˈvin(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce invincible (audio) \ adverb

Invincible Has Latin Origins

The origins of invincible are easily subdued. The word derives, via Middle French, from Late Latin invincibilis—a combination of the negative prefix in- with vincibilis, an adjective meaning "conquerable," from the Latin verb vincere, "to conquer." Other descendants of vincere in English include convince, evince, vanquish, and even victor. Vincere also gave English vincible, meaning (unsurprisingly) "capable of being overcome or subdued," though it is significantly less common than invincible.

Examples of invincible in a Sentence

The loss proved that the team is not invincible. an invincible wrestler who has never lost a match
Recent Examples on the Web Craig, his hair chopped into a bristle cut, has mastered the art of making Bond a seemingly invincible force who is also a human being with hidden vulnerabilities. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 28 Sep. 2021 Avoid illusions of being the invincible savior; instead, imagine helping one real person, convincing one policy maker, or increasing the compassion of one fellow citizen. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 23 Sep. 2021 At that point, sequoias were thought to be nearly invincible to fire, with their bark that’s 3 feet thick and broccoli-looking crowns that tower higher than flames. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Young people aren't invincible: Just because a person is young and healthy doesn't mean they can't be hit hard by a pandemic virus. Holly Yan, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Bringing everyone back from a Super Bowl roster that dominated the invincible Kansas City Chiefs. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 Life would certainly be easier if vaccines offered invincible armor, with pathogens simply ricocheting off. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2021 The ability of the arts to educate and celebrate turned out to be invincible. Jacqueline Adams, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Sep. 2021 Just don’t put the invincible tag on them just yet. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of invincible

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invincible

Middle English, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin invincibilis, from Latin in- + vincere to conquer — more at victor

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“Invincible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat or overcome : unbeatable


in·​vin·​ci·​ble | \ in-ˈvin-sə-bəl How to pronounce invincible (audio) \

Kids Definition of invincible

: impossible to defeat

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