Definition of incredible in English:

incredible

adjective

  • 1Impossible to believe.

    ‘an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy’
    • ‘So incredible did this appear, that we could hardly believe our eyes when we saw it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The story of the Unknown Warrior is one of extraordinary bravery and incredible sacrifice.’
    • ‘I have the impression a digicam without rechargeable batteries might be an incredible pain.’
    • ‘For a start, an incredible two million people have apparently applied for tickets to the Jubilee concerts.’
    • ‘His portraits are incredible feats of mastery and the hardest of his constant commissions.’
    • ‘From here on my wicker chair it seems incredible that just short decades ago this garden was a dust-bowl, a sterile desert.’
    • ‘It's incredible to believe that one as wealthy as he could ever have fallen so far.’
    • ‘This would be an incredible feat of consistent top class riding and he will undoubtedly be the man to beat.’
    • ‘The information I have received is so incredible that I have difficulty believing it.’
    • ‘They're ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances, taking on incredible odds.’
    • ‘The crowd goes crazy the whole night, and the atmosphere is amazing - it's incredible what a change of venue can do.’
    • ‘Brazil's use of the adjectival f-word is so impressive that it seems incredible that he was able to suppress it on air.’
    • ‘What is even more puzzling is the set of beliefs that seems to go hand in hand with this incredible condescension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A measure of the incredible sensitivity of this issue is the fact that no-one wants to talk about it.’
    • ‘You won't believe the incredible thing that happened to me the other day.’
    • ‘He had an incredible run of terrific stories and we intend to keep the momentum.’
    • ‘Singh shows incredible control and discretion in the handling of this difficult material.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you've never opened up a Lush parcel, you're definitely missing out on an incredible smell sensation.’
      • ‘It's a wonderful idea to do this incredible and strange show around such pictures.’
      • ‘His unknown assailant had taken him down with superb speed and incredible timing.’
      • ‘Burchill met his cross with a superb header but the keeper defied him with an incredible one-handed save.’
      • ‘I've had the chance to do so many wonderful things, visit so many incredible places.’
      • ‘The monk starts telling a story about a man who has an incredible experience with magic and love.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My fabulous, incredible brother from another mother has a stunningly beautiful wife.’
      • ‘During the return flight, he said there was an incredible sensation of speed.’
      • ‘It's a fabulous place to live - incredible weather, great people, brilliant nightlife.’
      • ‘Being in such close contact with wild animals has also been an incredible source of wonder.’
      • ‘Fuchs uses incredible speed and excellent defensive skills to pass many serves and dig a lot of attacks.’
      • ‘People don't know that much about him, except that he makes incredible music.’
      • ‘Food: hot dogs and burgers, crêpes, wonderful fruit and antipasti, incredible cheeses.’
      • ‘The Host Town Programme is wonderful and the efforts of all involved have been incredible.’
      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/