Definition of incalculable in English:



  • 1Too great to be calculated or estimated.

    ‘an archive of incalculable value’
    • ‘Their loss truly is incalculable, but they have been helped enormously in their time of grief by the support of their legion of friends.’
    • ‘Since syphilis arrived in Europe with Columbus, the ‘first fruit’ of the New World, as Voltaire called it, has killed millions and caused incalculable misery to many more.’
    • ‘It had been an excellent year and, as history would prove, of incalculable value to science.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, for these couples, the symbolic value of a state recognizing their relationship will be incalculable.’
    • ‘There must be an incalculable number of women of my generation, however, who have no idea what our place is anymore.’
    • ‘His contributions to the game of golf over all - and to lowering the scores of untold millions of golfers in particular - are incalculable.’
    • ‘The cost in property loss and damage runs into billions, but the cost in human life is incalculable.’
    • ‘Animal research has been an integral part of the development of modern medicine, has saved an incalculable number of lives, and prevents tremendous human suffering.’
    • ‘His unspeakably violent Cultural Revolution led to the destruction of historic buildings as well as incalculable numbers of books and artefacts.’
    • ‘Such an escalation of the conflict could have incalculable consequences.’
    • ‘In The People's Forests, Marshall proclaimed that public ownership was ‘the only basis on which we can hope to protect the incalculable values of the forests’.’
    • ‘The discussion presented in this chapter suggests that an understanding of the political economy within which research is structured is of incalculable value to understanding how knowledge is constructed.’
    • ‘Of incalculable value, this collection consists of works and paintings that Picasso gave to his family members and the majority of the exhibits in the collection have not been seen in public before.’
    • ‘Financial repercussions can he astronomical, legal entanglements limitless, and the effect on business partners incalculable.’
    • ‘The martial spirit cultivated through years of aikido training can be an asset of incalculable value at such times.’
    • ‘In this respect these analysis briefs are of incalculable value.’
    • ‘I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance.’
    • ‘The toll due to unnatural deaths has been put at 6000; psychological trauma and morbidity has resulted in incalculable damage to the ‘collective mind’ of the community.’
    • ‘The value of his services and sage advice as a director over the last 15 years is incalculable.’
    • ‘Its value was just £3 but for Mr and Mrs Harrison its sentimental value was incalculable.’
    inestimable, indeterminable, untold, immeasurable, uncountable, incomputable, not to be reckoned
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  • 2Not able to be calculated or estimated.

    ‘the cost is incalculable but colossal’
    • ‘Hence, it means that principally there are no mysterious incalculable forces that come into play, but rather that one can, in principle, master all things by calculation.’
    • ‘In short it is something indefinable, incalculable, not something that can easily be analysed.’
    • ‘London is facing a transport catastrophe, costing business hundreds of millions of pounds a year and individuals incalculable stress, as well as damaging tourism.’
    • ‘The buildup has continued, and any misreading of signal - it could be a flash point that could set this thing off - and the consequences are really, they're incalculable.’
    • ‘The only possible threats that can emerge are anonymous forces that are absolutely unforeseeable and incalculable.’
    • ‘In the twenty-first century, our Fable for Tomorrow is not some disaster we are trying to avert but a vague, incalculable, and potentially serious threat to our children's health.’
    • ‘The purchaser has accepted the risk of any deviation attributable to factors which were unforeseeable, unknown or incalculable at the time of the forecast.’
    1. 2.1 (of a person or their character) unpredictable.
      ‘under the pressure of anxiety his temper became incalculable’