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  • unintelligible — 1610s, incapable of being understood, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + INTELLIGIBLE (Cf. intelligible). Related: Unintelligibly …   Etymology dictionary

  • unintelligible — [adj] not understandable ambiguous, equivocal, fathomless, Greek*, illegible, impenetrable, inarticulate, incognizable, incoherent, incomprehensible, indecipherable, indistinct, inexplicit, jumbled, meaningless, muddled, obscure, opaque,… …   New thesaurus

  • unintelligible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ impossible to understand. DERIVATIVES unintelligibility noun unintelligibly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unintelligible — [un΄intel′i jə bəl] adj. not intelligible; that cannot be understood; incomprehensible unintelligibility n. unintelligibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • unintelligible — [[t]ʌ̱nɪnte̱lɪʤɪb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Unintelligible language is impossible to understand, for example because it is not written or pronounced clearly, or because its meaning is confused or complicated. He muttered something unintelligible... I… …   English dictionary

  • unintelligible — adj. VERBS ▪ be, sound ▪ become ▪ render sth ▪ These amendments will render the law unintelligible. ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • unintelligible — un|in|tel|li|gi|ble [ˌʌnınˈtelıdʒıbəl] adj impossible to understand ≠ ↑clear ▪ Eva muttered something unintelligible . unintelligible to ▪ technical jargon that is unintelligible to outsiders >unintelligibly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unintelligible — adjective 1) unintelligible sounds Syn: incomprehensible, indiscernible, mumbled, indistinct, unclear, slurred, inarticulate, incoherent, garbled 2) unintelligible logic Syn: impenetrable, baffling …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • unintelligible — un|in|tel|li|gi|ble [ ,ʌnın telıdʒəbl ] adjective impossible to understand: Their jargon is unintelligible to anyone outside the industry. ╾ un|in|tel|li|gi|bly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unintelligible — adjective impossible to understand: Eva muttered something unintelligible. unintelligibly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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