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unintelligible

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

not intelligible; not capable of being understood.

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Origin of unintelligible

First recorded in 1610–20; un-1 + intelligible

OTHER WORDS FROM unintelligible

un·in·tel·li·gi·bil·i·ty, un·in·tel·li·gi·ble·ness, nounun·in·tel·li·gi·bly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH unintelligible

unintelligent, unintelligible
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British Dictionary definitions for unintelligible

unintelligible
/ (ˌʌnɪnˈtɛlɪdʒɪbəl) /

adjective

not able to be understood; incomprehensible
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