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[ih-noo-mer-uh-buh l, ih-nyoo-] /ɪˈnu mər ə bəl, ɪˈnyu-/
very numerous.
incapable of being counted; countless.
Origin of innumerable
1300-50; Middle English < Latin innumerābilis countless, innumerable, equivalent to in- in-3 + numerābilis that can be counted or numbered (numerā(re) to count + -bilis -ble)
Related forms
innumerableness, innumerability, noun
innumerably, adverb
quasi-innumerable, adjective
quasi-innumerably, adverb
Can be confused
enumerable, innumerable.
innumerable, innumerate.
1. See many. 2. numberless. Unabridged
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  • In that inundation of the light of heaven the stars paled, innumerous, like a silvery powder sprinkled by the moonshine.

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • High and low, the innumerous hum of insects vibrated on the air.

  • The spires of the grasses were washed in dew; the innumerous was as one green flower that had lain all night in the moonshine.

  • What can induce them in that route to go, In which innumerous before have gone, And died in misery poor and woe-begone?

British Dictionary definitions for innumerous


/ɪˈnjuːmərəbəl; ɪˈnjuːmrəbəl/
so many as to be uncountable; extremely numerous
Derived Forms
innumerability, innumerableness, noun
innumerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for innumerous



mid-14c., from Latin innumerabilis "countless, immeasurable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + numerabilis "able to be numbered," from numerare "to count, number," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)).

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