unintelligible

[ uhn-in-tel-i-juh-buhl ]
/ ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒə bəl /

adjective

not intelligible; not capable of being understood.

Nearby words

  1. uninstructed,
  2. uninsurable,
  3. uninsured,
  4. unintellectual,
  5. unintelligent,
  6. unintended,
  7. unintentional,
  8. uninterest,
  9. uninterested,
  10. uninteresting

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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British Dictionary definitions for unintelligible

unintelligible

/ (ˌʌnɪnˈtɛlɪdʒɪbəl) /

adjective

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

unintelligible

adj.

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

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