a. Impossible to calculate: an incalculable number of ants.
b. Too great to be calculated or reckoned: incalculable suffering.
2. Impossible to foresee; unpredictable: "The motions of her mind were as incalculable as the flit of a bird" (Edith Wharton).
Synonyms: incalculable, countless, immeasurable, incomputable, inestimable, infinite, innumerable, measureless
These adjectives mean being greater than can be calculated or reckoned: incalculable riches; countless hours; an immeasurable distance; an incomputable amount; jewels of inestimable value; an infinite number of reasons; innumerable difficulties; measureless power.
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