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[uhn-bi-lee-vuh-buh l] /ˌʌn bɪˈli və bəl/
too dubious or improbable to be believed:
an unbelievable excuse.
so remarkable as to strain credulity; extraordinary:
the unbelievable fury of the storm; an unbelievable athlete.
Origin of unbelievable
1540-50; un-1 + believable
Related forms
unbelievably, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unbelievable


unable to be believed; incredible or astonishing
Derived Forms
unbelievability, unbelievableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbelievable

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + believable. Related: Unbelievably.

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