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incalculable

[in-kal-kyuh-luh-buh l] /ɪnˈkæl kyə lə bəl/
adjective
1.
very numerous or great.
2.
unable to be calculated; beyond calculation.
3.
incapable of being forecast or predicted; undeterminable.
4.
uncertain; unsure.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; in-3 + calculable
Related forms
incalculability, incalculableness, noun
incalculably, adverb
Synonyms
3. unpredictable, unforeseeable.
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Examples for incalculable
  • The suffering caused by the lack of work is incalculable.
  • The cost of losing them by the wayside is incalculable.
  • The stress that can cause and the harm to one's health are almost incalculable.
  • But this youngest sister moves with incalculable motions, bounding, and with tiger's leaps.
  • The damage actually done was great, and the damage threatened was incalculable.
  • And let's not forget the incalculable cost of hundreds of thousands of hours lost every day by intra-city commuters.
  • The human motivation is incalculable by any statistical method.
  • For that reason, the consequences of a national bankruptcy would be incalculable.
  • The final version will double its current capacity of three residents to six and provide incalculable contributions to science.
  • The biological, social and economic implications are incalculable.
British Dictionary definitions for incalculable

incalculable

/ɪnˈkælkjʊləbəl/
adjective
1.
beyond calculation; unable to be predicted or determined
Derived Forms
incalculability, incalculableness, noun
incalculably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incalculable
adj.

1795, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + calculable (see calculate). Related: Incalculably; incalculability.

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