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Not able to be understood; not intelligible:‘a language which is incomprehensible to anyone outside the office’
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- ‘An incomprehensible dispute breaks out in one corner, then sweeps terrifyingly across the whole room.’
- ‘The murder of Taylor seemed at first glance incomprehensible, once the obvious robbery motive had been ruled out.’
- ‘Man, being the measure of all things, is infinite; and each person is incomprehensible.’
- ‘Spoken entirely in Latin and Aramaic, it is contrived, opaque and incomprehensible.’
- ‘The channel said it rendered the broadcast virtually incomprehensible but complied with its programme code.’
- ‘What seems perfectly reasonable for one person is completely incomprehensible for another.’
- ‘Confusing films may be in vogue, but confusing does NOT equal incomprehensible.’
- ‘This story from the St Albans Observer is completely incomprehensible.’
- ‘Meanings that are absorbed by ordinary children from everyday life can be incomprehensible to the autistic.’
- ‘It seemed incomprehensible that only minutes earlier I had seen this lad out on his scooter on a beautiful sunny day.’
- ‘So when is someone going to make a good mainstream film about that other incomprehensible game, cricket?’
- ‘The spirit of noblesse oblige is not simply absent: it is incomprehensible to the rising generation.’
- ‘The first man held a billboard and was running up and down, continuously shouting his incomprehensible sales pitch.’
- ‘And cue the most incomprehensible stream of gibberish ever to pour forth from a human being's mouth.’
- ‘If relativity is all that incomprehensible why wasn't the matter dropped?’
- ‘Firstly, they are books which are intellectually stretching without being wordy or incomprehensible.’
- ‘He knows that sinking feeling induced by pages written in what seems an alien and incomprehensible new language.’
- ‘Those who did stumble across application forms found them virtually incomprehensible.’
- ‘I've given it two or three goes now and it remains almost completely incomprehensible to me.’
- ‘Some said maybe he was Swedish, but his incomprehensible babble was little help in discovering his identity.’
Late Middle English (earlier than comprehensible): from Latin incomprehensibilis, from in- not + comprehensibilis (see comprehensible).
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