Definition of incomprehensible adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˌkɒmprɪˈhensəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˌkɑːmprɪˈhensəbl//
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incomprehensible (to somebody) impossible to understand synonym unintelligible Some application forms can be incomprehensible to ordinary people. He found his son's actions totally incomprehensible. opposite comprehensible See related entries: Language skills Word Originlate Middle English (earlier than comprehensible): from Latin incomprehensibilis, from in- ‘not’ + comprehensibilis (from comprehens- ‘seized, comprised’, from the verb comprehendere, from com- ‘together’ + prehendere ‘grasp’).Extra examples She found his accent virtually incomprehensible. The language has widely differing and often mutually incomprehensible regional dialects. From a child’s point of view, adult behaviour is often just as incomprehensible. Their dialect is incomprehensible to most speakers of Standard English.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incomprehensible