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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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 And is diverting billions of dollars to interplanetary travel the most important project in human history, or an incomprehensible waste of money at a time when there are so many terrestrial crises on this side of the ozone layer? Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Is Colonizing Mars the Most Important Project in Human History?," 29 June 2018 Some are frustrating, angering and, frankly, incomprehensible. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 The Celtics, with their incomprehensible portfolio of burgeoning stars and draft pick gold, have the ability to cobble together a package that no team in the Spurs position could resist. David Murphy,, "Kawhi Leonard trade sweepstakes may get too steep for Sixers if Lakers, Celtics make best offers | David Murphy," 28 June 2018 Ever since Voynich showed it off to the world, the incomprehensible text and cryptic illustrations have spurred countless theories about its meaning, origin, and the identity of its author. Jane Bracher, CNN, "The Voynich manuscript: Will this medieval mystery ever be solved?," 15 June 2018 Leicester City wrote an even more incomprehensible chapter by winning the Premier League in 2016 against 19 other teams which were financially superior to them and historically more established., "Decoding Diego: Investigating the Impact 'El Cholo' Simeone Has Made on Atletico Madrid," 5 June 2018 And so, for the last 17% of 2001, after Dave Bowman goes through the star gate near Jupiter, one sees what was probably supposed to be purposefully incomprehensible—if aesthetically interesting. Stephen Wolfram, WIRED, "2001: A Space Odyssey Predicted The Future—50 Years Ago," 3 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of incomprehensible

: impossible to understand : not comprehensible


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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evasion of direct action or statement

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