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[in-kom-pri-hen-shuh n, in-kom-] /ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən, ɪnˌkɒm-/
lack of comprehension or understanding:
The audience listened politely but with incomprehension.
Origin of incomprehension
First recorded in 1595-1605; in-3 + comprehension Unabridged
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  • Then, shrugging his shoulders with incomprehension, fearlessly he sought to forget about it.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • He goes on where we are balked by the obstacles of incomprehension.

  • All the rest is only numbed pain and incomprehension,—weeks and months.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • It did not occur to him to go on acting, to pretend astonishment or incomprehension.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • “Which is not what I came to see you about,” I answered brusquely, somewhat nettled by their incomprehension.

  • This she did not comprehend, attributing her incomprehension to his incoherence.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • Neil stood as though appalled by his companion's incomprehension.

    The Courage of Captain Plum James Oliver Curwood
  • He was puzzled, and his eyes were glazed with the incomprehension which had seized him.

    The Trail Horde Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for incomprehension


/ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən; ɪnˌkɒm-/
inability or failure to comprehend; lack of understanding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incomprehension

c.1600, from in- (1) "not" + comprehension.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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