Definition of incomprehensible in English:



  • Not able to be understood; not intelligible.

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