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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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 The searing images and incomprehensible atrocities at our border today are animating America’s political emotion. David Carroll, Quartz, "China embraces its surveillance state. The US pretends it doesn’t have one," 23 July 2019 Traders—almost all men—roam an enclosure of padded leather seats and trade using hand-signals incomprehensible to the casual observer. David Hodari, Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Hey Traders, It’s 2019—No More Drinking on the Job," 14 June 2019 How people can see something happen and completely disregard facts in order to pursue a salacious but false version of events is incomprehensible, but, honestly, not all that surprising., "Addressing the Media Coverage & Massive Overreaction to Paul Pogba Missing a Penalty," 21 Aug. 2019 For most Israelis, the idea that Jews would go into an Arab neighborhood and kidnap a boy was incomprehensible. Washington Post, "New HBO series tackles the anatomy of a Jerusalem hate crime," 16 Aug. 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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