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comprehend
used in Brave New World

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Definition
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
  • He began to talk a lot of incomprehensible and dangerous nonsense.
    p. 93.7
incomprehensible = not understandable

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehensible means not and reverses the meaning of comprehensible. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • To Little Reuben's wink and snigger, this lecture was, of course, perfectly incomprehensible and, imagining that their child had suddenly gone mad, they sent for a doctor.
    p. 24.9
  • incomprehensible = not understandable

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehensible means not and reverses the meaning of comprehensible. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • "I don't understand anything," she said with decision, determined to preserve her incomprehension intact.
    p. 92.1
  • incomprehension = lack of understanding

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehension means not and reverses the meaning of comprehension. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Laughed and then, almost immediately, dropped off to sleep, and sleeping was carried over Taos and Tesuque; over Nambe and Picuris and Pojoaque, over Sia and Cochiti, over Laguna and Acoma and the Enchanted Mesa, over Zuñi and Cibola and Ojo Caliente, and woke at last to find the machine standing on the ground, Lenina carrying the suit-cases into a small square house, and the Gamma-green octoroon talking incomprehensibly with a young Indian.
    p. 105.9
  • incomprehensibly = in a manner that could not be understood

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehensibly means not and reverses the meaning of comprehensibly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • The young man stared, uncomprehending.
    p. 154.9
  • uncomprehending = without understanding

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in uncomprehending means not and reverses the meaning of comprehending. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He squared his shoulders, he ventured to look at her and was met with a stare of annoyed incomprehension.
    p. 190.6
  • incomprehension = lack of understanding

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehension means not and reverses the meaning of comprehension. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Linda looked on, vaguely and uncomprehendingly smiling.
    p. 200.2
  • uncomprehendingly = without understanding

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in uncomprehendingly means not and reverses the meaning of comprehendingly. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The words "Throw it all away" pierced through the enfolding layers of incomprehension to the quick of the Delta's consciousness.
    p. 211.7
  • incomprehension = lack of understanding

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehension means not and reverses the meaning of comprehension. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • "What?" questioned the Savage, uncomprehending.
    p. 239.8
  • uncomprehending = not understanding

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in uncomprehending means not and reverses the meaning of comprehending. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He lay for a moment, blinking in owlish incomprehension at the light; then suddenly remembered–everything.
    p. 259.0
incomprehension = lack of understanding

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incomprehension means not and reverses the meaning of comprehension. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
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