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unbelievable

[uhn-bi-lee-vuh-buh l]
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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.
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Origin of unbelievable

1540–50; un-1 + believable
Related formsun·be·liev·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words

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  • What a strange night it had been for Hester—more like some unbelievable romance!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Out of her presence what I had seen was unthinkable, unbelievable.

  • If Danny was right he had no words to fit the unbelievable truth.

    The Hammer of Thor

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • The idea that she should even think of marrying a play-actor was unbelievable.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Outside the south windows he witnessed an unbelievable thing.


British Dictionary definitions for unbelievable

unbelievable

adjective
  1. unable to be believed; incredible or astonishing
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Derived Formsunbelievability or unbelievableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbelievable

adj.

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

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