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Origin of invincible

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word invincibilis. See in-3, vincible
Related formsin·vin·ci·bil·i·ty, in·vin·ci·ble·ness, nounin·vin·ci·bly, adverbnon·in·vin·ci·bil·i·ty, nounnon·in·vin·ci·ble, adjectivenon·in·vin·ci·ble·ness, nounnon·in·vin·ci·bly, adverbun·in·vin·ci·ble, adjectiveun·in·vin·ci·ble·ness, nounun·in·vin·ci·bly, adverb

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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.

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  1. incapable of being defeated; unconquerable
  2. unable to be overcome; insuperableinvincible prejudices
Derived Formsinvincibility or invincibleness, nouninvincibly, adverb

Word Origin for invincible

C15: from Late Latin invincibilis, from Latin in- 1 + vincere to conquer
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Word Origin and History for invincibility

1670s, from invincible + -ity.



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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