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invincible

[in-vin-suh-buh l] /ɪnˈvɪn sə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being conquered, defeated, or subdued.
2.
insuperable; insurmountable:
invincible difficulties.
Origin of invincible
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word invincibilis. See in-3, vincible
Related forms
invincibility, invincibleness, noun
invincibly, adverb
noninvincibility, noun
noninvincible, adjective
noninvincibleness, noun
noninvincibly, adverb
uninvincible, adjective
uninvincibleness, noun
uninvincibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. unyielding. Invincible, impregnable, indomitable suggest that which cannot be overcome or mastered. Invincible is applied to that which cannot be conquered in combat or war, or overcome or subdued in any manner: an invincible army; invincible courage. Impregnable is applied to a place or position that cannot be taken by assault or siege, and hence to whatever is proof against attack: an impregnable fortress; impregnable virtue. Indomitable implies having an unyielding spirit, or stubborn persistence in the face of opposition or difficulty: indomitable will.
Antonyms
1. conquerable.
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  • It was an invincible smile, that, little by little, spread over her whole face.

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  • Lee, with his invincible legions, was still sweeping northward.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • And so the most valiant efforts have failed to rouse it from its invincible slumber.

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    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Laura, for your love I should overcome obstacles that to another man might be invincible.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for invincible

invincible

/ɪnˈvɪnsəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being defeated; unconquerable
2.
unable to be overcome; insuperable: invincible prejudices
Derived Forms
invincibility, invincibleness, noun
invincibly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin invincibilis, from Latin in-1 + vincere to conquer
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Word Origin and History for invincible
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French invincible (14c.) or directly from Latin invincibilis "unconquerable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + vincibilis "conquerable," from vincere "to overcome" (see victor). Related: Invincibly. Noun meaning "one who is invincible" is from 1630s. Invincible ignorance is from Church Latin ignorantia invincibilis (Aquinas). Related: Invincibly.

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