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incredible

[in-kred-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. so extraordinary as to seem impossible: incredible speed.
  2. not credible; hard to believe; unbelievable: The plot of the book is incredible.

Origin of incredible

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word incrēdibilis. See in-3, credible
Related formsin·cred·i·bil·i·ty, in·cred·i·ble·ness, nounin·cred·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedincredible incredulous

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2. farfetched, astonishing, preposterous.
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  • He joyed to observe that these men of incredible millions had no hauteur.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • They went with an incredible rapidity, and Harriett was now fifty.

  • Already the carrion birds had gathered in incredible numbers.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • It was the sensation of an unprecedented and incredible experience.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Then she was gone, trundling the baby-carriage with incredible speed.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman


British Dictionary definitions for incredible

incredible

adjective
  1. beyond belief or understanding; unbelievable
  2. informal marvellous; amazing
Derived Formsincredibility or incredibleness, nounincredibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for incredible

adj.

early 15c., "unbelievable," from Latin incredibilis "not to be believed," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + credibilis "worthy of belief" (see credit). Used c.1400 in a now-extinct sense of "unbelieving, incredulous." Related: Incredibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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