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unbelievable

[uhn-bi-lee-vuh-buh l] /ˌʌn bɪˈli və bəl/
adjective
1.
too dubious or improbable to be believed:
an unbelievable excuse.
2.
so remarkable as to strain credulity; extraordinary:
the unbelievable fury of the storm; an unbelievable athlete.
Origin of unbelievable
1540-1550
1540-50; un-1 + believable
Related forms
unbelievably, adverb
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  • The Earth, unbelievably bright, was beckoning them once more.

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British Dictionary definitions for unbelievably

unbelievably

/ˌʌnbɪˈliːvəblɪ/
adverb
1.
in a manner that is hard to believe; astonishingly: it gets unbelievably hot
2.
(sentence modifier) it is hard to believe that; incredibly: unbelievably, he remained utterly cheerful

unbelievable

/ˌʌnbɪˈliːvəbəl/
adjective
1.
unable to be believed; incredible or astonishing
Derived Forms
unbelievability, unbelievableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbelievably

unbelievable

adj.

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + believable. Related: Unbelievably.

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