or in·nu·mer·ous

[ih-noo-mer-uh-buh l or ih-noo-mer-uh s; ih-nyoo-]


very numerous.
incapable of being counted; countless.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for innumerous

Contemporary Examples of innumerous

Historical Examples of innumerous

  • High and low, the innumerous hum of insects vibrated on the air.

  • The spires of the grasses were washed in dew; the innumerous was as one green flower that had lain all night in the moonshine.

  • What can induce them in that route to go, In which innumerous before have gone, And died in misery poor and woe-begone?

  • In that inundation of the light of heaven the stars paled, innumerous, like a silvery powder sprinkled by the moonshine.

    The Tour

    Louis Couperus

British Dictionary definitions for innumerous




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



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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