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


impossible to understand or comprehend; unintelligible.
Archaic. limitless; not limited or capable of being limited.

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 incomprehensibly

Contemporary Examples of incomprehensibly

Historical Examples of incomprehensibly

  • Connected with him and in his power I was most certainly and most incomprehensibly.

  • And as he came so he flew away again, mysteriously and incomprehensibly.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • It was a lie, but I might not have seen, if she had not spoken to me incomprehensibly in the dark.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

    Susan Carleton Jones

  • Connected with him and in his power I was, most certainly and most incomprehensibly.

    The Pirate

    Frederick Marryat

  • Now, she seemed completely and incomprehensibly changed on this point.


    Wilkie Collins

British Dictionary definitions for incomprehensibly



incapable of being understood; unintelligible
archaic limitless; boundless
Derived Formsincomprehensibility or incomprehensibleness, nounincomprehensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incomprehensibly

early 15c., from incomprehensible + -ly (2).



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

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