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[in-kom-pri-hen-shuh n, in-kom-] /ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən, ɪnˌkɒm-/

lack of or understanding:
The audience listened politely but with incomprehension.
/ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən; ɪnˌkɒm-/
inability or failure to comprehend; lack of understanding

c.1600, from in- (1) “not” + comprehension.


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    [in-kuh m-pres-uh-buh l] /ˌɪn kəmˈprɛs ə bəl/ adjective 1. not compressible. /ˌɪnkəmˈprɛsəbəl/ adjective 1. incapable of being compressed or condensed

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    [in-kuh n-see-vuh-buh l] /ˌɪn kənˈsi və bəl/ adjective 1. not ; unimaginable; unthinkable. 2. unbelievable; incredible. /ˌɪnkənˈsiːvəbəl/ adjective 1. incapable of being conceived, imagined, or considered adj. 1630s, from in- (1) “not, opposite of” + conceivable. Related: Inconcievably. An Old English word for this was unasmeagendlic.

  • Incomputable

    [in-kuh m-pyoo-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn kəmˈpyu tə bəl/ adjective 1. incapable of being computed; incalculable. /ˌɪnkəmˈpjuːtəbəl/ adjective 1. incapable of being computed; incalculable

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