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

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

Origin of incomprehensive

First recorded in 1645–55; in-3 + comprehensive

Other words from incomprehensive

  • in·com·pre·hen·sive·ly, adverb
  • in·com·pre·hen·sive·ness, noun

Words Nearby incomprehensive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incomprehensive in a sentence

  • The latter's astonishment had reached its maximum; the boy's actions were utterly incomprehensive to him.

    The Delight Makers | Adolf Bandelier
  • Do what he would, this atrocious, incomprehensive calumny would crush him.

    The Count's Millions | Emile Gaboriau
  • He leaned upon his rake looking after her, his gray eyes gathered into an incomprehensive squint.

    Tess of the Storm Country | Grace Miller White

British Dictionary definitions for incomprehensive


/ (ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪv, ɪnˌkɒm-) /

  1. not comprehensive; limited in range or scope

Derived forms of incomprehensive

  • incomprehensively, adverb
  • incomprehensiveness, noun

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