unintelligible

adjective un·in·tel·li·gi·ble \ ˌən-in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl \
|Updated on: 3 Jul 2018

Definition of unintelligible

: unable to be understood or comprehended : not intelligible
  • a song with unintelligible lyrics
  • unintelligible jargon
  • … including parenthetical translations of the words and phrases he knew would be unintelligible to contemporary readers.
  • —John N. Green

unintelligibility

play \ˌən-in-ˌte-lə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ or less commonly unintelligibleness noun

unintelligibly

play \ˌən-in-ˈte-lə-jə-blē\ adverb
    • muttering unintelligibly

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First Known Use of unintelligible

1664

in the meaning defined above

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UNINTELLIGIBLE Defined for Kids

unintelligible

adjective un·in·tel·li·gi·ble \ ˌən-in-ˈte-lə-jə-bəl \

Definition of unintelligible for Students

: impossible to understand
  • unintelligible speech


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