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 incomprehensibility (audio) \ noun
incomprehensibleness noun
incomprehensibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce incomprehensibly (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 Doing so will signal awareness of the implications of commitments undertaken in the context of international treaties and help make the often incomprehensible provisions of a trade agreement seem more concrete. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s Benin border closure is an early warning sign for the African free trade deal’s optimism," 2 Nov. 2019 But that doesn't mean there aren't some incomprehensible, egregious, glaring to the point of malpractice, omissions., "7 of the Most Shocking Omissions From the Ballon d'Or Shortlist," 22 Oct. 2019 Unlike the general response of political leaders, the words of the clergy can grapple with the full spectrum of human experience when faced with such incomprehensible loss of innocent life. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "In a Community Turned Upside Down by Tragedy, ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Are Everything," 13 Aug. 2019 The plague of mass shootings in the country has now reached an almost incomprehensible moment. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 4, 2019," 4 Aug. 2019 The first 30 to 45 minutes are dominated by the sound of helicopters, with explosions, opera, and incomprehensible radio voices regularly adding to the cacophony. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Apocalypse Now Final Cut," 31 Aug. 2019 As the rate of land clearance reaches one and a half football fields a minute -- the statistics for the damage done to the forest emulate the incomprehensible mystery of its vanishing beauty -- many analysts fear a tipping point is nearing. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "'All you can see is death.' The regions reeling from the Amazon rainforest fires," 25 Aug. 2019 One of Orwell’s signature passages was thus rendered incomprehensible. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite," 19 Aug. 2019 Also remember that people are really excited to support authors, and also people have their own often incomprehensible reactions! Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019

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

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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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concealed or difficult to comprehend

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