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[in-kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l, in-kom-] /ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn sə bəl, ɪnˌkɒm-/
impossible to understand or comprehend; unintelligible.
Archaic. limitless; not limited or capable of being limited.
Origin of incomprehensible
1300-50; Middle English < Latin incomprehēnsibilis. See in-3, comprehensible
Related forms
incomprehensibility, incomprehensibleness, noun
incomprehensibly, adverb
superincomprehensible, adjective
superincomprehensibleness, noun
superincomprehensibly, adverb
1. baffling, bewildering, obscure. Unabridged
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  • For companion, he had one with no roof to his mouth, whose speech was incomprehensible—an excellent thing in law-breakers.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • The thing was incomprehensible to Tip, and altogether a fanciful notion.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Mechanics were a mystery to me; road-making was an incomprehensible science.

    Devereux, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I lose myself again in trying to understand what is incomprehensible.

  • Paul looked on with an embarrassed smile, like a puzzled affectionate dog at the incomprehensible mirth of humans.

    The Desert and The Sown Mary Hallock Foote
British Dictionary definitions for incomprehensible


/ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnsəbəl; ɪnˌkɒm-/
incapable of being understood; unintelligible
(archaic) limitless; boundless
Derived Forms
incomprehensibility, incomprehensibleness, noun
incomprehensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incomprehensible

mid-14c., from Latin incomprehensibilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + comprehensibilis (see comprehensible).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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