unintelligibility


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un·in·tel·li·gi·ble

 (ŭn′ĭn-tĕl′ĭ-jə-bəl)
adj.
Difficult or impossible to understand or comprehend; incomprehensible: unintelligible remarks; an unintelligible prose passage.

un′in·tel′li·gi·bil′i·ty n.
un′in·tel′li·gi·bly adv.
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unintelligibility

(ˌʌnɪnˌtɛlɪdʒɪˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n
the quality of being unintelligible
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unintelligibility - nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligibleunintelligibility - nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
word salad - jumble of incoherent speech as sometimes heard in schizophrenia
2.unintelligibility - incomprehensibility as a consequence of being unintelligibleunintelligibility - incomprehensibility as a consequence of being unintelligible
incomprehensibility - the quality of being incomprehensible
intelligibility - the quality of language that is comprehensible
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Translations

unintelligibility

[ˈʌnɪnˌtelɪdʒəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nininteligibilidad f, incomprensibilidad f
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unintelligibility

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