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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She started: I recall that her eyes were round and troubled with incomprehension.

  • The man's face wore a sudden crafty look of incomprehension.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • 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
  • Then, shrugging his shoulders with incomprehension, fearlessly he sought to forget about it.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • It was a subject too terrible, from which her mind retreated with awe and incomprehension.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • Dicky was all incomprehension; but something made him feel a little sick.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for incomprehension


/ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən; ɪnˌkɒm-/
inability or failure to comprehend; lack of understanding
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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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