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[in-kred-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈkrɛd ə bəl/
so extraordinary as to seem impossible:
incredible speed.
not credible; hard to believe; unbelievable:
The plot of the book is incredible.
Origin of incredible
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin incrēdibilis. See in-3, credible
Related forms
incredibility, incredibleness, noun
incredibly, adverb
Can be confused
incredible, incredulous.
2. farfetched, astonishing, preposterous. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for incredibly


beyond belief or understanding; unbelievable
(informal) marvellous; amazing
Derived Forms
incredibility, incredibleness, noun
incredibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incredibly



early 15c., "unbelievable," from Latin incredibilis "not to be believed," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + credibilis "worthy of belief" (see credit). Used c.1400 in a now-extinct sense of "unbelieving, incredulous." Related: Incredibly.

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