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 Sprained ankle hurt against Cincinnati Many Badgers fans remember the incomprehensible 17-12 loss to Cincinnati in Week 3, one week after Cincy suffered a 31-24 loss to NCAA I-AA foe Troy. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you forgot about Ron Dayne's magical 1999 run to the NCAA all-time rushing record," 7 Nov. 2019 How one retains his sanity in an environment like that is incomprehensible. Edmund H. Mahony,, "A federal judge is challenging how Connecticut treats its former death row inmates, saying they are held under cruel and unusual conditions," 21 Oct. 2019 The officer’s instructions were utterly incomprehensible. David French, National Review, "When Cops Create Their Own Risk, Innocent People Die for Their Mistakes," 14 Oct. 2019 Agog at Drake, who was a serious S.O.B., because to have survived the Drake Passage is incomprehensible. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "A Photographer at the Ends of the Earth," 30 Sep. 2019 In many cases the patient never got a report back, or the results provided were incomprehensible. Author: Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Anchorage Daily News, "Feds crack Medicare gene test fraud that peddled cheek swabs," 28 Sep. 2019 In many cases the patient never got a report back, or the results provided were incomprehensible. Washington Post, "Feds crack Medicare gene test fraud that peddled cheek swabs," 27 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Incomprehensible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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to constrict the range or activity of

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