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Etymology edit

From Middle French incomprehensible, from Latin incomprehensibilis. Equivalent to in- +‎ comprehensible.

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɪnkɑmpɹəˈhɛnsɪbəl/
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incomprehensible (comparative more incomprehensible, superlative most incomprehensible)

  1. impossible or very difficult to understand.
    • 1904-09, Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth, published 1962
      But this inference, which is supported by the opening of Book I, renders incomprehensible the note "and I have finished writing this," which is included within the dream.
    • 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, [], →OCLC, part I, page 196:
      In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent.
    • 1990, Greg Bear, Heads:
      He shook his head. 'It's not only undefined, it's incomprehensible. Even the QL is befuddled by it and can't give me straight answers.'

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Noun edit

incomprehensible (plural incomprehensibles)

  1. Anything that is beyond understanding.

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Middle French edit

Etymology edit

First known attestation 1314, borrowed from Latin incomprehensibilis.[1]

Adjective edit

incomprehensible m or f (plural incomprehensibles)

  1. incomprehensible

Descendants edit

  • English: incomprehensible

References edit

  1. ^ Etymology and history of “incompréhensible”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.