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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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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).

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