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innumerable

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[ih-noo-mer-uh-buh l or ih-noo-mer-uh s; ih-nyoo-] /ɪˈnu mər ə bəl or ɪˈnu mər əs; ɪˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
very numerous.
2.
incapable of being counted; countless.
Origin of innumerable
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin innumerābilis countless, innumerable, equivalent to in- in-3 + numerābilis that can be counted or numbered (numerā(re) to count + -bilis -ble)
Related forms
innumerableness, innumerability, noun
innumerably, adverb
quasi-innumerable, adjective
quasi-innumerably, adverb
Can be confused
enumerable, innumerable.
innumerable, innumerate.
Synonyms
1. See many. 2. numberless.
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  • There are innumerable streams, for the island generally is well-watered.

    Cuba, Old and New Albert Gardner Robinson
  • "Macer, Macer," was called around by the innumerable spectators.

  • This peninsula was until quite recently an island and the home of innumerable sea fowl.

    Seaward Sussex Edric Holmes
  • The last of these was a gas giant with innumerable moonlets revolving about it.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • From Kingston to Corfe Castle, the bourne of innumerable summer visitors, is two miles.

    The Hardy Country Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for innumerable

innumerable

/ɪˈnjuːmərəbəl; ɪˈnjuːmrəbəl/
adjective
1.
so many as to be uncountable; extremely numerous
Derived Forms
innumerability, innumerableness, noun
innumerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for innumerable
adj.

mid-14c., from Latin innumerabilis "countless, immeasurable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + numerabilis "able to be numbered," from numerare "to count, number," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)).

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