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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).

in·cal′cu·la·bil′i·ty n.
in·cal′cu·la·bly adv.
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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References in classic literature ?
The great fact all the while, however, had been the incalculability; since he HAD supposed himself, from decade to decade, to be allowing, and in the most liberal and intelligent manner, for brilliancy of change.
i) the uncertainty and incalculability affecting both social and natural events; [6]
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In the case of maternal love, romantic love's incalculability of the encounter becomes even more radical.
Mary Frances McKenna's "The Promise of Enlightenment and the Incalculability of Freedom: A Consideration of Horkheimer and Adorno's Critique of Enlightenment in Relation to Ratzinger's Notion of Freedom" shows how secular thinkers can see the weakness in modern views of human nature, but they cannot easily provide a satisfying account of it.
Indeed, only the indices' behavioral assumptions can properly explain the indices' incalculability. Indices [pi], [kappa] and [alpha] assume coders draw marbles, and marbles' color distribution equals target distribution.
These seem to be characterized by a peculiar kind of incalculability which makes one disposed to believe after many unsuccessful attempts that all known rational methods of prediction must fail in their case.
It is because my life is finite, 'ended' in a certain sense that I keep this relation to incalculability and undecidability as to the instant of my death.
refused to grant general damages on the basis of their incalculability.
What distinguishes poetic lists, on the other hand, is their profound infinity and sheer incalculability. They 'seek to enumerate something that eludes our capacity for control and denomination' (Eco, 2009: 117).
While the politically inspired Greco-Roman discourse and the religiously motivated Jewish discourse was based on the calculability of the cosmic order and emphasized--although in very different ways--the fidelity to the law, Paul the Apostle proclaims the incalculability of God's entering into the world and announces an unfalsifiable truth.
The increase in complexity and incalculability that it brings in its wake makes the cozy simplicity of religious or ethnic identities all the more attractive.