in·​com·​pre·​hen·​si·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce incomprehensible (audio) \

Definition of incomprehensible

1 : impossible to comprehend : unintelligible incomprehensible instructions
2 archaic : having or subject to no limits

Other Words from incomprehensible

incomprehensibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkäm-​pri-​ˌhen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce incomprehensible (audio) \ noun
incomprehensibleness noun
incomprehensibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce incomprehensible (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web More and more tasks become incomprehensible to the worker. Meghan O’gieblyn, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Fortunately for scammers, disclosure statements are always written by lawyers to protect the sellers of the bogus products and are intentionally worded to be incomprehensible to the average reader. Edward Siedle, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 The film, which is aimed exclusively at its existing fan base and would be grimly incomprehensible to anyone from outside the fold, is rigged to produce occasional spikes of gratification in the audience. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2021 Tradeoffs are all but ignored, duplication is widespread, and the whole process is incomprehensible to voters. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 The depth of creative expression and collaboration that is now instantly available to us due to these technological developments is truly incomprehensible. Solo Ceesay, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2021 For anyone unfamiliar with the book, the film is basically incomprehensible., 21 Oct. 2021 The Dadaists, deprecating museum-worthy art, devoted their self-defining energies to evenings marked by such high jinks as improvisations of willfully incomprehensible poetry. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 What Carson's descriptions most bring to mind is the sentient ocean of Stanisław Lem's 1961 sci-fi classic Solaris—and that same sense of being in the presence of an unknown, unnerving being with its own, incomprehensible agenda. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of incomprehensible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for incomprehensible

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

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English Language Learners Definition of incomprehensible

: impossible to understand : not comprehensible


in·​com·​pre·​hen·​si·​ble | \ ˌin-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-sə-bəl How to pronounce incomprehensible (audio) \

Kids Definition of incomprehensible

: impossible to understand The phone message was incomprehensible.

Other Words from incomprehensible

incomprehensibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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