[in-kom-pri-hen-suh-buhl, in-kom-]

Origin of incomprehensible

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word incomprehēnsibilis. See in-3, comprehensible
Related formsin·com·pre·hen·si·bil·i·ty, in·com·pre·hen·si·ble·ness, nounin·com·pre·hen·si·bly, adverbsu·per·in·com·pre·hen·si·ble, adjectivesu·per·in·com·pre·hen·si·ble·ness, nounsu·per·in·com·pre·hen·si·bly, adverb

Synonyms for incomprehensible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incomprehensibility

Contemporary Examples of incomprehensibility

  • When he did engage, his answers were garbled to the point of incomprehensibility.

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    Michelle Cottle

    October 19, 2011

Historical Examples of incomprehensibility

British Dictionary definitions for incomprehensibility


  1. incapable of being understood; unintelligible
  2. archaic limitless; boundless
Derived Formsincomprehensibility or incomprehensibleness, nounincomprehensibly, 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).

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