uncomprehending

adjective

un·​com·​pre·​hend·​ing ˌən-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-diŋ How to pronounce uncomprehending (audio)
-prē-
: not comprehending : lacking understanding
uncomprehendingly adverb

Examples of uncomprehending in a Sentence

They were uncomprehending of what was going on. He gave me an uncomprehending look when I mentioned her name.
Recent Examples on the Web Uncle Meat, Mothers of Invention Frank Zappa was constrained by a hostile record company, an uncomprehending public, a band that could barely play his music, and a budget woefully inadequate to the task at hand. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 24 Nov. 2023 And, what would have been most alarming of all to the uncomprehending rubes of yesteryear, people have taken to hypnotizing themselves. Bruno Maddox, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2014 Verheyen looked over at Luciano Lliuya, who listened uncomprehending to the slew of German words. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2022 This was not an attack from an uncomprehending traditionalist. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Those who could walk were led, stunned and uncomprehending, to the same sheets. Fox News, 11 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncomprehending was in 1810

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“Uncomprehending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomprehending. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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