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[uhn-in-tel-i-juh-buh l] /ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒə bəl/
not intelligible; not capable of being understood.
Origin of unintelligible
First recorded in 1610-20; un-1 + intelligible
Related forms
unintelligibility, unintelligibleness, noun
unintelligibly, adverb
Can be confused
unintelligent, unintelligible.
incomprehensible, baffling, undecipherable. Unabridged
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  • On any other supposition to the general reader it is unintelligible.

  • There was a horrible, deep, unintelligible rattle in his throat.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • The dream was passionless, disconnected, and unintelligible.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
  • He spoke eagerly to the Abenaquais in their own tongue, which was unintelligible to the Hurons.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Some unintelligible words were broken on the invalid's lips.

    Norston's Rest Ann S. Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for unintelligible


not able to be understood; incomprehensible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unintelligible

1610s, "incapable of being understood," from un- (1) "not" + intelligible. Related: Unintelligibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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