un·​com·​pre·​hend·​ing | \ ˌən-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-diŋ How to pronounce uncomprehending (audio) , -prē- \

Definition of uncomprehending

: not comprehending : lacking understanding

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uncomprehendingly \ ˌən-​ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce uncomprehending (audio) , -​prē-​ \ 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 Joe Bell attempts to portray a different kind of grieving father — similarly uncomprehending, at least initially, but far more compassionate and human. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 23 July 2021 Middle-class Protestants look for the most part with uncomprehending disgust at the rioting and the violence of their poorer fellow Unionists. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 15 Apr. 2021 So here is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an uncomprehending object. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 3 Mar. 2021 Pepper hated the procedure and would stare out wild-eyed and uncomprehending throughout, but the wound healed completely. Ivan Kreilkamp, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2020 However, Hastings turns the conventional wisdom — that Wallis faced a lonely battle against uncomprehending officialdom — on its head. Max Hastings, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2020 Between hauling his uncomprehending old man onto the crapper and toiling at a dead-end job, Erik’s life unambiguously sucks. Matthew Shechmeister, WIRED, 19 Apr. 2011 Their reaction to Kaepernick broke along often uncomprehending lines of race. Michael Powell, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of uncomprehending

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncomprehending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomprehending. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncomprehending

: not understanding what is happening, being referred to, etc. : showing a lack of understanding or knowledge


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