incomprehensible

adjective
in·​com·​pre·​hen·​si·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl \

Definition of incomprehensible

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

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Other Words from incomprehensible

incomprehensibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkäm-​pri-​ˌhen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
incomprehensibleness noun
incomprehensibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​blē \ 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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Inflation has risen by an incomprehensible 833,997 percent in the past 12 months, and the commercial consequences are outright dystopian. Luke.winkie, Vox, "Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy," 12 Dec. 2018 To visit the Musée Nissim de Camondo is to confront the haunting juxtaposition of arresting beauty and the incomprehensible rupture of the Shoah, the past that will not pass. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 To be told that you must be resigned to being murdered in school should feel incomprehensible. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "The ‘Treasonous’ Teens Living in One Nation Under Guns," 30 May 2018 Contorting itself even further to accommodate incomprehensible rights could discredit the court with a strong majority of the American people. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump Blows Away a Penumbra," 4 July 2018 AP When Whitney Houston died in 2012, the news was at once incomprehensible and expected. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Whitney Houston doc is raw and revealing," 5 July 2018 Accountant While there is plenty of accounting software available, tax codes and deductions remain incomprehensible for most, keeping accounting an in-demand skill. 6. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, "20 In-Demand Freelance Skills That’ll Get You Hired Today," 4 June 2018 For every clever twist or dazzling fight scene, there's been an incomprehensible info-dump about the park's mythology or a laughably on-the-nose speech about free will. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: Take My Heart When You Go," 11 June 2018 Which is what made what happened next so incomprehensible, so infuriating. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Maddening Season Finale for The Handmaid’s Tale," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of incomprehensible

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incomprehensible

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

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incomprehensible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of incomprehensible

: impossible to understand : not comprehensible

incomprehensible

adjective
in·​com·​pre·​hen·​si·​ble | \ ˌin-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-sə-bəl \

Kids Definition of incomprehensible

: impossible to understand The phone message was incomprehensible.

Other Words from incomprehensible

incomprehensibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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