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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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  • Once they left the road and strayed off into the lava, incomprehensibly to me; but Maverick understood, and pressed forward.

  • It was a lie, but I might not have seen, if she had not spoken to me incomprehensibly in the dark.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • Both shouted in confusion, breathlessly and incomprehensibly.

    Erick and Sally Johanna Spyri
  • Connected with him and in his power I was most certainly and most incomprehensibly.

  • She reached up and patted his face; even her gestures were incomprehensibly childlike.

    Through Welsh Doorways Jeannette Augustus Marks
  • And as he came so he flew away again, mysteriously and incomprehensibly.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • "It isn't books, Horace," remarked Aunt Nettie, incomprehensibly.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Connected with him and in his power I was, most certainly and most incomprehensibly.

    The Pirate Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for incomprehensibly


/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 incomprehensibly

early 15c., from incomprehensible + -ly (2).



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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