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.

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Like his last video, which was a disturbing and sobering exploration of who died in World War II, this video, the first of a series, uses inventive visualizations to bring home otherwise incomprehensible numbers. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "How Many People Would Die in an All-Out Nuclear War?," 11 Aug. 2017 Well, yes, the Lananna situation remains at least as incomprehensible, with consequences that are more far reaching and potentially much more damaging., "Leadership of USA Track & Field continues to bumble along: Oregon track & field rundown," 26 June 2019 Even the incident that gets Rosaleen in trouble in the first place is incomprehensible without reading the script. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is a Musical Lacking a Sting," 13 June 2019 New York state countered these booklets with posters in Yiddish -- but botched the translation so badly that parts of it are incomprehensible. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "As New York struggles to undo the lies of anti-vaxers, moms step in to help," 10 June 2019 Yet the report was incomprehensible because Mueller seems to hate plain speech and thinks like a lawyer. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "In the Trump era, the lawyer jokes are on us," 31 May 2019 Without such explanation, Nina Petrovskaya’s story would be incomprehensible, and perhaps even uninteresting. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019 Even then, ordinary folk continued speaking their own dialects, which, across great enough distances—say from Milan to Naples—were and remain mutually incomprehensible. The Economist, "Latin is dead—yet it also lives on," 8 June 2019 His incomprehensible lyrics referred to actual places and things, mostly. Doug Maccash,, "The world reacts to Dr. John’s death," 6 June 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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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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