Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an incredible manner; in a manner to preclude belief.
  • Beyond prior belief or conception; unimaginably; inconceivably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an incredible manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb manner In an incredible manner; not to be believed.
  • adverb degree To a great extent; extremely.
  • adverb speech act Used to note the surprising or hard-to-believe nature of what is being said and suggest that it is nevertheless true.

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

  • adverb exceedingly; extremely
  • adverb not easy to believe

Etymologies

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incredible +‎ -ly

Examples

  • In summation, disability is an incredibly complex subject and I'm sure everyone has a different opinion on the language that should be used to describe it, but it's * incredibly* refreshing to read posts that take this issue so seriously.

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  • On Witte's tongue the phrase "incredibly well-bred man," which he used to describe the youthful Nicholas, became cutting invective.

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  • "Even as sales and profits may be declining, the company's share count is falling even faster," note the folks at Bespoke Investment Group from whom I stole the phrase "incredibly shrinking share count".

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  • "Even as sales and profits may be declining, the company's share count is falling even faster," note the folks at Bespoke Investment Group from whom I stole the phrase "incredibly shrinking share count".

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  • Rinella on buffalos, which he described as incredibly strong yet equally vulnerable.

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  • Google in particularly seems to value the words in your title incredibly highly.

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  • How do you ever stop what you call incredibly destructive, those suicide attacks?

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  • In most instances, Bennett declined to grant the motions, one of which he characterized as "incredibly unfair."

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  • Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific command, said it was currently necessary to deploy forces across great distances to reach the shipping lane, which he described as "incredibly vital to the region, to our partners and allies, and certainly to the United States."

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  • Robert Willard, head of the U.S. Pacific command, said it was currently necessary to deploy forces across great distances to reach the shipping lane, which he described as "incredibly vital to the region, to our partners and allies, and certainly to the United States."

    Reuters: Press Release

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  • This seems to be a recently popular substitute for "very."

    June 24, 2008

  • It's incredibly popular, and incredibly annoying.

    June 25, 2008

  • It's incredibly true. Bravo, efg.

    June 25, 2008

  • Wow. Incredible.

    June 25, 2008

  • So, by analogy, could you use "credible" as a synonym for "not very"? As in "this is a credibly good idea", or "this will be credibly good for the language"?

    June 26, 2008