[in-kom-pri-hen-shuh n, in-kom-]


lack of comprehension or understanding: The audience listened politely but with incomprehension.

Origin of incomprehension

First recorded in 1595–1605; in-3 + comprehension Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incomprehension

Contemporary Examples of incomprehension

  • There were those who lagged behind out of incomprehension, political calculation, or timidity.

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    Clinton’s Take on Gay Marriage Today

    Robert Shrum

    March 27, 2013

  • The rest of the world has reacted to the idea of such a child with horror and incomprehension.

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    I Was Adam Lanza

    David Frum

    December 22, 2012

Historical Examples of incomprehension

British Dictionary definitions for incomprehension



inability or failure to comprehend; lack of understanding
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Word Origin and History for incomprehension

c.1600, from in- (1) "not" + comprehension.

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