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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
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word 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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Examples from the Web for incomprehensibility
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  • But this complexity is the work of the understanding; this incomprehensibility is also its work.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • Its mysteries, its incomprehensibility, do not destroy its existence.

  • Its results, then, amount only to the incomprehensibility of matter.

  • Doubt, Surprise and incomprehensibility arrive at the same moment.

    Eureka: Edgar A. Poe
  • An incomprehensibility is one thing, an inconsistency is another thing.

    The Crown of Thorns E. H. Chapin
  • The Smouse, by Fannin, has the modern merit of incomprehensibility.

    Reviews Oscar Wilde
  • This is true as regards the incomprehensibility, but it is not the same with the insolubility.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • That was the only familiar thing in the chaos of incomprehensibility about her.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • The beginning, after having explained the incomprehensibility.

    Pascal's Penses Blaise Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for incomprehensibility


/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 incomprehensibility

1640s, from French incompréhensibilité (16c.); see 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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