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[in-kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l, in-kom-]
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  1. impossible to understand or comprehend; unintelligible.
  2. Archaic. limitless; not limited or capable of being limited.
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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


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1. baffling, bewildering, obscure.
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  1. incapable of being understood; unintelligible
  2. archaic limitless; boundless
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Derived Formsincomprehensibility or incomprehensibleness, nounincomprehensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incomprehensible


mid-14c., from Latin incomprehensibilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + comprehensibilis (see comprehensible).

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