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[in-vin-suh-buh l] /ɪnˈvɪn sə bəl/
incapable of being conquered, defeated, or subdued.
insuperable; insurmountable:
invincible difficulties.
Origin of invincible
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin invincibilis. See in-3, vincible
Related forms
invincibility, invincibleness, noun
invincibly, adverb
noninvincibility, noun
noninvincible, adjective
noninvincibleness, noun
noninvincibly, adverb
uninvincible, adjective
uninvincibleness, noun
uninvincibly, adverb
1. unyielding. Invincible, impregnable, indomitable suggest that which cannot be overcome or mastered. Invincible is applied to that which cannot be conquered in combat or war, or overcome or subdued in any manner: an invincible army; invincible courage. Impregnable is applied to a place or position that cannot be taken by assault or siege, and hence to whatever is proof against attack: an impregnable fortress; impregnable virtue. Indomitable implies having an unyielding spirit, or stubborn persistence in the face of opposition or difficulty: indomitable will.
1. conquerable. Unabridged
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  • Her attempt to be invincible turns into a pitiable failure.
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  • He commanded what some considered an invincible army.
British Dictionary definitions for invincible


incapable of being defeated; unconquerable
unable to be overcome; insuperable: invincible prejudices
Derived Forms
invincibility, invincibleness, noun
invincibly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin invincibilis, from Latin in-1 + vincere to conquer
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Word Origin and History for invincible

early 15c., from Middle French invincible (14c.) or directly from Latin invincibilis "unconquerable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + vincibilis "conquerable," from vincere "to overcome" (see victor). Related: Invincibly. Noun meaning "one who is invincible" is from 1630s. Invincible ignorance is from Church Latin ignorantia invincibilis (Aquinas). Related: Invincibly.

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