Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. So implausible as to elicit disbelief: gave an incredible explanation of the cause of the accident.
  • adj. Astonishing: dressed with incredible speed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Amazing; astonishing; awe-inspiring.
  • adj. Marvelous; profoundly affecting; wonderful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not credible; surpassing belief; too extraordinary and improbable to admit of belief; unlikely; marvelous; fabulous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not credible; that cannot be credited; surpassing the possibility of belief.
  • Surpassing belief as to what is possible; hard to believe; unimaginable; inconceivable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. beyond belief or understanding

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin incrēdibilis : in-, not; see in-1 + crēdibilis, believable; see credible.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incrēdibilis ("that cannot be believed"), from in- ("not") + crēdibilis ("worthy of belief"), from crēdō ("believe"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of the obstinate effort to bring about an armed intervention, on the lines marked out by Russell’s letter to Palmerston from Gotha, 17 September, 1862, nothing could be said beyond Gladstone’s plea in excuse for his speech in pursuance of the same effort, that it was “the most singular and palpable error, ” “the least excusable, ” “a mistake of incredible grossness, ” which passed defence; but while Gladstone threw himself on the mercy of the public for his speech, he attempted no excuse for Lord Russell who led him into the “incredible grossness” of announcing the Foreign Secretary’s intent.

    The Battle of the Rams (1863)

  • He asked them to lead a fundraising drive for Haiti, praising their efforts during past disasters and saying they can tap what he calls the incredible generosity and can-do spirit of the American people.

    CNN Transcript Jan 16, 2010

  • But go over to the left, and you will see people who are happy with Colbert's what they call incredible roast, others blaming the mainstream media for not broadcasting more of what they say was a brave and shocking performance.

    CNN Transcript May 1, 2006

  • However, no retaliation, no action from Israel as yet, and they have exercised what they called incredible restraint in the wake of several other suicide bombings and attacks in recent days, in the last couple of weeks.

    CNN Transcript Mar 27, 2002

  • He started singing and that cued Alessandra Ambrosio to come out in a leather harness, push-up bra, thigh-high leather boots and a long, flowing cape splashed with the word "incredible" in cartoon-style letters trailing behind her.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • Scott said participants in Lobby Day came from more than 60 percent of Texas '150 House districts, which he called incredible given the geographic enormity of the state.

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  • To diGenova, it was one of the worst examples of prosecutors caring more about winning a case than finding justice, and further proof of what he called incredible arrogance of many lawyers in the department.

    KCRA.com - Local News

  • How incredible is it that the prediction came true?

    An Amazing First Century

  • While the motion capture thing has clearly been raised to a whole new level with Avatar, Yellow Submarine is going to be able to mix in incredible visuals with the music of The Beatles.

    Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell to Play The Beatles in Robert Zemeckis’ YELLOW SUBMARINE – Collider.com

  • What I find incredible is the fact Repugs and trolls know who Nancy Pelosi is.

    Think Progress » Wall Street Bankers And Investors Fund New Media Platform For Gov. Bob McDonnell’s SOTU Response

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