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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [in-kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l, in-kom-]
    • /ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn sə bəl, ɪnˌkɒm-/
    • /ɪnˌkɒm.prɪˈhen.sɪ.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [in-kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l, in-kom-]
    • /ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn sə bəl, ɪnˌkɒm-/

Definitions of incomprehensible word

  • adjective incomprehensible impossible to understand or comprehend; unintelligible. 1
  • adjective incomprehensible Archaic. limitless; not limited or capable of being limited. 1
  • noun incomprehensible Not able to be understood; not intelligible. 1
  • adjective incomprehensible impossible to understand 1
  • adjective incomprehensible Something that is incomprehensible is impossible to understand. 0
  • adjective incomprehensible incapable of being understood; unintelligible 0

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Origin of incomprehensible

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word incomprehēnsibilis. See in-3, comprehensible

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Parts of speech for Incomprehensible


incomprehensible popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for incomprehensible

adj incomprehensible

  • unimaginable — capable of being imagined or conceived.
  • unintelligible — not intelligible; not capable of being understood.
  • puzzling — confusing or baffling: a puzzling answer.
  • impenetrable — not penetrable; that cannot be penetrated, pierced, entered, etc.
  • opaque — not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.

adjective incomprehensible

  • inexplicable — not explicable; incapable of being accounted for or explained.
  • enigmatic — Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious.
  • incognizable — Not cognizable; incapable of being recognised.

Antonyms for incomprehensible

adj incomprehensible

  • believable — Something that is believable makes you think that it could be true or real.
  • imaginable — capable of being imagined or conceived.
  • comprehensible — Something that is comprehensible can be understood.
  • intelligible — capable of being understood; comprehensible; clear: an intelligible response.
  • fathomable — a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 meters): used chiefly in nautical measurements. Abbreviation: fath.

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