• WordNet 3.6
    • n incomprehensibility the quality of being incomprehensible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Incomprehensibility The quality of being incomprehensible, or beyond the reach of human intellect; incomprehensibleness; inconceivability; inexplicability. "The constant, universal sense of all antiquity unanimously confessing an incomprehensibility in many of the articles of the Christian faith."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incomprehensibility The character of being incomprehensible, in either sense of that word.
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  • Constantin Brancusi
    Constantin Brancusi
    “The function of art is to make that understood which in the form of argument would be incomprehensible.”
  • Alexander Douglas Home
    Alexander Douglas Home
    “There are only two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible.”
  • Martin Luther
    “In our sad condition our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here below all is incomprehensible.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.”
  • Jane Austen
    “It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. incompréhensibilité,


In literature:

Is not this much more incomprehensible than the navigation I spoke of in the foregoing paragraph?
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
He went out on deck again, aroused Achleitner, and led him to his cabin, resisting and mumbling incomprehensible words, though half asleep.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
There is a science which has for its object only incomprehensible things.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
They were either very dried up and querulous, too, or else very liquorish or boisterous in an incomprehensible way.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
In that mood the incomprehensible had for him a certain charm.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The latter's astonishment had reached its maximum; the boy's actions were utterly incomprehensive to him.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Without any doubt the limbs of animals are made for their needs with incomprehensible art, and you are not so bold as to deny it.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
She could only stare in utter astonishment at this incomprehensible creature.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
This apathy appeared incomprehensible to Mont.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
And as to her winning Mr. Truscott as she did, it is simply incomprehensible.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
And as he came so he flew away again, mysteriously and incomprehensibly.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The dialect in which he spoke proved incomprehensible to Matthews.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
At any rate, he is incomprehensible, and the more so when seen at a distance.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
The matter is somewhat incomprehensible.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
She found herself for the first time in her life in touch with a mystery, surrounded by things fascinatingly incomprehensible.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
How incomprehensible the whole thing is!
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
Nat was shouting incomprehensible orders down the tube.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
There is nothing incomprehensible in this.
"Command" by William McFee
Why he voluntarily let it escape is incomprehensible.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
I confess, however, the heroism of the miner is to me incomprehensible.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

A sleepless night
Luckless inspiration
Incomprehensible song Solitude Under the banners of melancholy
"Final Songs" by Migjeni
But Nathan, where's the harm, if I may speak,
Of fancying one's self by an angel saved,
Rather than by a man? Methinks it brings us
Just so much the nearer the incomprehensive
First cause of preservation.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Whom will you cry to, heart? More and more lonely,
your path struggles on through incomprehensible
mankind. All the more futile perhaps
for keeping to its direction,
keeping on toward the future,
toward what has been lost.
"Lament (Whom will you cry to, heart?)" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Thou Lord, incomprehensible, unknown,
To Sense, we bow, at thy exalted Throne!
While thus we beg thy excellence to feel,
Thy Sacred Spirit, in our hearts reveal
And make each one of us, that grace partake
Which thus we ask for the Redeemer's Sake
"On The Death of The Rev'd Dr. Sewall" by Phillis Wheatley

In news:

Signed languages, predicated on oral syntax as they are, are sometimes nearly incomprehensible.
Stanley Cup defense ends with incomprehensible third home loss of series.
Now it means to render something incomprehensible.
New Trailer for Cloud Atlas Is Even More Incomprehensible .
Todd Akin's comment 'morally incomprehensible '.
For many of us, the deer slaughter is incomprehensible and unnecessary.
God's Love is Incomprehensible .
The Ten Most Incomprehensible Bob Dylan Interviews of All Time.
Child's father: Death is "incomprehensible".
If Tehran were to get a nuclear weapon, "the retaliation would be incomprehensible," he says.
"Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children," The "Big Bang Theory" star wrote in a blog post.
"Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children," The " Big Bang Theory" star wrote in a blog post.
Blended wine, once incomprehensible to the average consumer, is a concept more easily embraced as we step past the mono-varietal world into the depth and complexity of a blended wine universe.
The passing of time has made The Holocaust seem more incomprehensible.
It's nostalgia and kitsch and Disney rolled into one incomprehensible, but nonetheless fun(.

In science:

While it is true that extremely short programs, for example those of less than 5 symbols, do not generate very interesting environments, we found that by the time we got to programs of length 30, many environments (at least to our eyes) seemed quite incomprehensible.
An Approximation of the Universal Intelligence Measure
This spacetime geometric explanation of gravity was almost incomprehensible for generations whose intuitions had been shaped by the success of a Galileian ontology.
Symmetry Doubling: Doubly General Relativity
Faced with a sudden blue screen, one may be forgiven for calling these devices incomprehensible and capricious, even malevolent.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Applying deletion on identity blindly to the whole message list might make the generated text incomprehensible because readers might have to recover too much implicit information from the sentence.
Conciseness through Aggregation in Text Generation
Suddenly, they were able to resolve many old and tough puzzles like the “incomprehensible” and mysterious stability of atoms with respect to an expected steady radiation of their moving electrons.
PT-symmetry, ghosts, supersymmetry and Klein-Gordon equation
He endorses his argument with an almost incomprehensible example with barrels of wine, which shows clearly that he does not know how to use mathematical theory in applications to problems of the physical world5 .
A Comment on "On Some Contradictory Computations in Multi-dimensional Mathematics"
This difference should have been easily discernible as a rather steep slope in the difference (ERA-2005 − IAU 2000) in the top curve in Fig. 3 of Paper 2; why it does not, remains incomprehensible.
Comments on the ERA-2005 numerical theory of Earth rotation
For example, pmax can be used as I for the emotion ”pleasure of understanding — annoyance of incomprehension” (accordingly, I0 is the typical value of pmax ensuring the satisfactory course of the process).
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
The examples are incomprehension of a joke due to the absence in memory of a necessary image, peculiar view of the ”norm” while perceiving the comic, the forcing out of laughter by secondary emotions (see ) and so on.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
They were asked to grade how well the summary could be understood, using the ratings “Incomprehensible,” “Somewhat comprehensible” or “Comprehensible”.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Seven original summaries were considered incomprehensible by their judge, two were somewhat comprehensible, and only one original summary was fully comprehensible.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
The reordered summaries obtained better grades overall — five summaries were fully comprehensible, two were somewhat comprehensible, while three remained incomprehensible.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
To assess the statistical significance of our results, we applied the Fisher exact test to our data set, conflating “Incomprehensible” and “Somewhat comprehensible” summaries into one category to obtain a 2x2 table.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
One piece of evidence against this statement is that, as shown in section 2, some orderings yield incomprehensible texts and thus should be avoided.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
He argues that (1b) should be treated as grammatical (i.e., possessing a well-formed syntactic analysis), but that its incomprehensibility arises from an inability of the human sentence processing mechanism to find that analysis.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions