Definition of incredible in US English:

incredible

adjective

  • 1Impossible to believe.

    ‘an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy’
    • ‘Many of the events that take place seem implausible, even at times incredible.’
    • ‘But it is the way he frames that opposing suggestion which is utterly incredible.’
    • ‘So incredible did this appear, that we could hardly believe our eyes when we saw it.’
    • ‘The final, incredible twist was that it was the younger boy who had invented these characters and instigated his own murder.’
    unbelievable, beyond belief, hard to believe, scarcely credible, unconvincing, far-fetched, strained, laboured, implausible, improbable, highly unlikely, not in the least likely, questionable, dubious, doubtful, inconceivable, unthinkable, unimaginable, impossible, astonishing, astounding, breathtaking, staggering, absurd, preposterous, phenomenal, extraordinary
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  • 2Difficult to believe; extraordinary.

    ‘the noise from the crowd was incredible’
    • ‘Well, yes, Anne, this is another extraordinary twist in this most incredible episode.’
    • ‘My son sleeps in the room at the front and the heat in there was absolutely incredible - it was the most terrifying moment of my life.’
    • ‘Probably over the last four seasons they have been stronger, so to do what we did last year was an incredible feat.’
    • ‘Brazil's use of the adjectival f-word is so impressive that it seems incredible that he was able to suppress it on air.’
    • ‘For a start, an incredible two million people have apparently applied for tickets to the Jubilee concerts.’
    • ‘He had an incredible run of terrific stories and we intend to keep the momentum.’
    • ‘The information I have received is so incredible that I have difficulty believing it.’
    • ‘I have the impression a digicam without rechargeable batteries might be an incredible pain.’
    • ‘His portraits are incredible feats of mastery and the hardest of his constant commissions.’
    • ‘You won't believe the incredible thing that happened to me the other day.’
    • ‘The story of the Unknown Warrior is one of extraordinary bravery and incredible sacrifice.’
    • ‘This would be an incredible feat of consistent top class riding and he will undoubtedly be the man to beat.’
    • ‘The crowd goes crazy the whole night, and the atmosphere is amazing - it's incredible what a change of venue can do.’
    • ‘From here on my wicker chair it seems incredible that just short decades ago this garden was a dust-bowl, a sterile desert.’
    • ‘Singh shows incredible control and discretion in the handling of this difficult material.’
    • ‘What made the feat even more incredible is that he scored the hole in one on the ninth and he was playing the third at the time.’
    • ‘It's incredible to believe that one as wealthy as he could ever have fallen so far.’
    • ‘What is even more puzzling is the set of beliefs that seems to go hand in hand with this incredible condescension.’
    • ‘A measure of the incredible sensitivity of this issue is the fact that no-one wants to talk about it.’
    • ‘They're ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances, taking on incredible odds.’
    magnificent, wonderful, marvellous, spectacular, remarkable, phenomenal, prodigious, miraculous, sublime
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    1. 2.1informal Amazingly good or beautiful.
      ‘I was mesmerized: she looked so incredible’
      • ‘The Host Town Programme is wonderful and the efforts of all involved have been incredible.’
      • ‘Burchill met his cross with a superb header but the keeper defied him with an incredible one-handed save.’
      • ‘Fuchs uses incredible speed and excellent defensive skills to pass many serves and dig a lot of attacks.’
      • ‘Being in such close contact with wild animals has also been an incredible source of wonder.’
      • ‘His unknown assailant had taken him down with superb speed and incredible timing.’
      • ‘The monk starts telling a story about a man who has an incredible experience with magic and love.’
      • ‘I've had the chance to do so many wonderful things, visit so many incredible places.’
      • ‘He gets an incredible thrill from cooking and becomes quite animated while talking about it.’
      • ‘The play encourages us to wonder about an incredible aspect of our history.’
      • ‘My fabulous, incredible brother from another mother has a stunningly beautiful wife.’
      • ‘People don't know that much about him, except that he makes incredible music.’
      • ‘During the return flight, he said there was an incredible sensation of speed.’
      • ‘It's a wonderful idea to do this incredible and strange show around such pictures.’
      • ‘If you've never opened up a Lush parcel, you're definitely missing out on an incredible smell sensation.’
      • ‘Food: hot dogs and burgers, crêpes, wonderful fruit and antipasti, incredible cheeses.’
      • ‘It's a fabulous place to live - incredible weather, great people, brilliant nightlife.’
      • ‘I find myself playing it and relaxing to the incredible sensations of mood in the music.’
      • ‘I would never have thought I could climb such formidable mountains, so it was an incredible thrill to be able to do it.’
      • ‘Some people can go out when it's two or three feet and your first ride is pretty incredible.’
      • ‘He was an excellent speaker with an incredible medical background.’
      impressive, remarkable, extraordinary, outstanding, exceptional, staggering, amazing, astonishing, phenomenal, coruscating, imposing, breathtaking, thrilling
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Usage

Believability is at the heart of both incredible and incredulous, but there is an important distinction in the respective uses of these two adjectives. Incredible means ‘unbelievable’ or ‘not convincing’ and can be applied to a situation, statement, policy, or threat to a person: I find this testimony incredible. Incredulous means ‘disinclined to believe, skeptical’—the opposite of credulous, gullible —and is usually applied to a person's attitude: you shouldn't be surprised that I'm incredulous after all your lies

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin incredibilis, from in- ‘not’ + credibilis (see credible).

Pronunciation

incredible

/inˈkredəb(ə)l//ɪnˈkrɛdəb(ə)l/