incredible

[in-kred-uh-buhl]

adjective

so extraordinary as to seem impossible: incredible speed.
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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strangely, uncommonly, especially, fabulously, astonishingly

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incredible

adjective

beyond belief or understanding; unbelievable
informal marvellous; amazing
Derived Formsincredibility or incredibleness, nounincredibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incredibly

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.

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