not intelligible; not capable of being understood.

Origin of unintelligible

First recorded in 1610–20; un-1 + intelligible
Related formsun·in·tel·li·gi·bil·i·ty, un·in·tel·li·gi·ble·ness, nounun·in·tel·li·gi·bly, adverb
Can be confusedunintelligent unintelligible

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not able to be understood; incomprehensible
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Word Origin and History for unintelligible

1610s, "incapable of being understood," from un- (1) "not" + intelligible. Related: Unintelligibly.

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