in·​com·​pre·​hen·​si·​ble (ˌ)in-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce incomprehensible (audio)
: impossible to comprehend : unintelligible
incomprehensible instructions
archaic : having or subject to no limits
incomprehensibleness noun
incomprehensibly adverb

Examples of incomprehensible in a Sentence

I found his behavior utterly incomprehensible. It's incomprehensible to me that he could have acted that way.
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Word History


Middle English, from Latin incomprehensibilis, from in- + comprehensibilis comprehensible

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of incomprehensible was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near incomprehensible

Cite this Entry

“Incomprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​com·​pre·​hen·​si·​ble (ˌ)in-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce incomprehensible (audio)
: impossible to understand
found their behavior incomprehensible
incomprehensibility noun
incomprehensibly adverb

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