View synonyms for incomprehensible


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


  1. impossible to understand or comprehend; unintelligible.

    Synonyms: baffling, obscure, bewildering

  2. Archaic. limitless; not limited or capable of being limited.


/ ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnsəbəl; ɪnˌkɒm- /


  1. incapable of being understood; unintelligible
  2. archaic.
    limitless; boundless

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Derived Forms

  • ˌincompreˈhensibly, adverb
  • ˌincompreˌhensiˈbility, noun

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Other Words From

  • incom·pre·hensi·bili·ty incom·pre·hensi·ble·ness noun
  • incom·pre·hensi·bly adverb
  • super·incom·pre·hensi·ble adjective
  • super·incom·pre·hensi·ble·ness noun
  • super·incom·pre·hensi·bly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of incomprehensible1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word incomprehēnsibilis. See in- 3, comprehensible

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Example Sentences

You can either say it’s impossibly difficult to imagine how the physical organ becomes the experiencing subject, so they must belong to two different universes and therefore, the subjective experience is incomprehensible and outside of science.

Last year, for example, the Norwegian Consumer Council reported MyHeritage to the national consumer protection and data authorities after a legal assessment of the T&Cs found the contract it asks customers to sign to be “incomprehensible”.

The story of “Fortnite,” as incomprehensible as it seems, is actually about reality and worlds clashing together.

That feat, the overcoming of incomprehensible distances and even greater odds, is what creates feelings of awe.

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When I review the text now, though, it seems incomprehensible.

He frequently slips into Neapolitan dialect so thick that is incomprehensible.

To be clear, I was not treading anywhere near the even more incomprehensible realm of (gasp) relationship definition.

The Scottish language is, as all good Third World languages must be, incomprehensible.

Their stories were told again and again in an attempt to assimilate the tragedy, to comprehend the incomprehensible.

People here have adapted to a way of life that seems almost incomprehensible to those living in other parts of the world.

Rinderpest, or some other incomprehensible disease, affected and decimated the imported herds.

I speak always according to worldly notions, always reverencing those incomprehensible ways which are not our ways.

It seems incomprehensible that these children should not be reclaimed, still more incomprehensible that no one seeks to do it.

There is only one who is incomprehensible, who stands alone and aloof in his greatness—Leo Tolstoi.

At last the weary one passed away from a world where the doings had all been dark and incomprehensible to her.


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