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

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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 To the public, however, the Waxman-Markey bill was virtually incomprehensible. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "“Bipartisanship” Is Climate Poison," 6 Jan. 2021 Briefly, because this is pretty much incomprehensible to the average brain, and even more so to a brain such as ours in steep decline. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Troopers not in dark on tinting," 20 Dec. 2020 There were strange and incomprehensible tabulation results in the vote counts. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Electoral College reform, Texas election lawsuit, the snickerdoodle cookie," 15 Dec. 2020 Instead of mass rallies and totalitarian cults, society will fragment into mutually incomprehensible bubbles, and only celebrity will possess the transcendental power necessary to deliver electoral numbers. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 Gaming laptops can appear at first glance to be a mess of incomprehensible specifications. Edmund Torr, Popular Science, "Best gaming laptop: Five things to consider," 7 Dec. 2020 Not so long ago, such a bleak pronouncement by a Dallas quarterback would have seemed incomprehensible. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "No heart, no head, no heat: Cowboys' loss to Washington was another gutless effort for a team that is lostThis article has comments enabled.," 25 Oct. 2020 Guardiola called the decision to revert to three substitutes incomprehensible. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Stars in a Slog: The Premier League Grind Will Only Get Worse," 9 Nov. 2020 But that view is equally incomprehensible to people on the other side of the American divide. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Joe Biden will take the helm of a nation divided," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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“Incomprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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