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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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  • Marshall, at best, was incredibly negligent of his correspondence as he was of all other ordinary details of life.

  • The next instant the atmosphere was incredibly rent asunder.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • In an incredibly short time, little but a bare chassis remained, and that too was being attacked by the salvagers.

    World of the Drone Robert Abernathy
  • That other Makimmon had been a man of incredibly vivid interests and emotions.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Her dancing was incredibly light; she looked like some exotic poppy swaying to an imperceptible breeze.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
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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