[in-kom-pri-hen-siv, in-kom-]


not comprehending readily; having a slow or inadequate mental grasp.

Origin of incomprehensive

First recorded in 1645–55; in-3 + comprehensive
Related formsin·com·pre·hen·sive·ly, adverbin·com·pre·hen·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incomprehensive

Historical Examples of incomprehensive

  • He leaned upon his rake looking after her, his gray eyes gathered into an incomprehensive squint.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • Do what he would, this atrocious, incomprehensive calumny would crush him.

    The Count's Millions

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for incomprehensive



not comprehensive; limited in range or scope
Derived Formsincomprehensively, adverbincomprehensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incomprehensive

1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + comprehensive.

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