incomprehensibility


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in·com·pre·hen·si·ble

 (ĭn′kŏm-prĭ-hĕn′sə-bəl, ĭn-kŏm′-)
adj.
1.
a. Difficult or impossible to understand or comprehend; unintelligible: incomprehensible jargon.
b. Impossible to know or fathom: incomprehensible mysteries.
2. Archaic Having no limits; boundless.

in′com·pre·hen′si·bil′i·ty, in′com·pre·hen′si·ble·ness n.
in′com·pre·hen′si·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incomprehensibility - the quality of being incomprehensible
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
inscrutability - the quality of being impossible to investigate; "the inscrutability of the future"
illegibility - the quality of writing (print or handwriting) that cannot be deciphered
impenetrableness, impenetrability - incomprehensibility by virtue of being too dense to understand
noise - incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks; "all the noise in his speech concealed the fact that he didn't have anything to say"
opaqueness, opacity - incomprehensibility resulting from obscurity of meaning
abstruseness, obscurity, reconditeness, obscureness - the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
unintelligibility - incomprehensibility as a consequence of being unintelligible
unclearness - incomprehensibility as a result of not being clear
comprehensibility, understandability - the quality of comprehensible language or thought
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If it were a record of a solemn scientific expedition, it would have about it that gravity, that profundity, and that impressive incomprehensibility which are so proper to works of that kind, and withal so attractive.
Then he laughed about her, and asked me if I had ever seen such a fierce little piece of incomprehensibility.
Why he had done it, what could have provoked him to such a breach of hospitality, and so suddenly turned all his partial regard for their daughter into actual ill will, was a matter which they were at least as far from divining as Catherine herself; but it did not oppress them by any means so long; and, after a due course of useless conjecture, that "it was a strange business, and that he must be a very strange man," grew enough for all their indignation and wonder; though Sarah indeed still indulged in the sweets of incomprehensibility, exclaiming and conjecturing with youthful ardour.
To question him in detail, and endeavour to reconcile his answers; to closet him with accountants and sharp practitioners, learned in the wiles of insolvency and bankruptcy; was only to put the case out at compound interest and incomprehensibility. The irresolute fingers fluttered more and more ineffectually about the trembling lip on every such occasion, and the sharpest practitioners gave him up as a hopeless job.
Arriving on Level 4, you are invited to walk through a series of specially built linked studios, each populated by the two handlers, a worried looking artist and the kind of sculpture you often see in cartoons about the incomprehensibility of 'modern art'.
Subplots that would once have been murky to the point of incomprehensibility (what was the deal with that dead sea captain again?) step into the light.
My hands, wringing inside my mind." The written report she delivers, a history of sorts, feigns objectivity while the narrator herself is haunted by the incomprehensibility of the story.
"If we go weak or wobbly in our defence of the apostrophe, we are on the slippery slope to incomprehensibility and confusion." The book, also known as The Life-Saving Importance of Correct Punctuation, Grammar and Good English, is available from bookshops and www.amazon.co.uk/Have-Eaten-Grandma-Gyles-Brandreth/dp/0241352630/
A comparative reading of these two texts will reveal a fundamental connection between the ironic and the fantastic, in which the fantastic event becomes representative of the absolute incomprehensibility that, according to Paul de Man, the trope of irony necessarily engenders.
Furthermore, he aimed to project the incomprehensibility of the relationships from the outside fully known only to the lover and the beloved and equally the incompleteness of the relationships that long to be but are never accepted by the outside.
The dilemma is our society's incomprehensibility and insensitivity towards this malpractice.
Gulgee, therefore, achieves a universality that cannot be achieved in legible calligraphy; a universal incomprehensibility that is perfectly summated by: "that which he knew not".