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or in·nu·mer·ous

[ih-noo-mer-uh-buh l or ih-noo-mer-uh s; ih-nyoo-]
  1. very numerous.
  2. incapable of being counted; countless.
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Origin of innumerable

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 formsin·nu·mer·a·ble·ness, in·nu·mer·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·nu·mer·a·bly, adverbqua·si-in·nu·mer·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-in·nu·mer·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedenumerable innumerableinnumerable innumerate

Synonyms for innumerable

1. See many. 2. numberless.
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Historical Examples of innumerably

  • Driscoll was most innumerably barked, with a perforated humerus as climax.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

  • By the play of innumerably many surfaces and by the perfect and decisive planes, he creates an effect of magnitude.

    Auguste Rodin

    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Not only had Richard mortally affronted his gaoler; he had innumerably offended him.

  • Life is innumerably present, though to the hasty sight it seems primarily and distinctly absent.


    John Ayscough

British Dictionary definitions for innumerably



  1. so many as to be uncountable; extremely numerous
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Derived Formsinnumerability or innumerableness, nouninnumerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for innumerably



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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