Understanding vs Incomprehension - What's the difference?

understanding | incomprehension |


As nouns the difference between understanding and incomprehension

is that understanding is mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature while incomprehension is want or lack of comprehension or understanding; inability to understand.

As an adjective understanding

is showing compassion.

As a verb understanding

is present participle of lang=en.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

understanding

Noun

  • (uncountable) Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.
  • (countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
  • (countable) Opinion, judgement or outlook.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure.}}
  • (countable) An informal contract, mutual agreement.
  • (countable) A reconciliation of differences.
  • (uncountable) Sympathy.
  • All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.
  • See also

    * intellection

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Showing compassion.
  • Verb

    (head)
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […];  […]; or perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.}}

    incomprehension

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • Want or lack of comprehension or understanding; inability to understand.
  • * 1873 , , A Pair of Blue Eyes
  • Stephen blushed; and his father looked from one to the other in a state of utter incomprehension .
  • * 1901 , , The Lord of the Sea
  • (...) and the wearied worker, borne at evening through crowded undergrounds, might read his name with a listless incomprehension .
  • * 1954 ,
  • Simon broke off and turned to Piggy who was looking at him with an expression of derisive incomprehension .
  • * 1974 ,
  • The aide gave the old men in Ward Two their medicine, and they joked with her. Shevek watched with dull incomprehension .
  • * 1995 , Gary Wolf, "The Curse of Xanadu", Wired Magazine
  • As a guest lecturer in Nelson's class, Miller ran through his ideas for a Xanadu-like software system. Afterward, he was approached by one of the students, Stuart Greene. Miller asked Greene what the reaction to his ideas had been. Not so good, Greene informed him. As always, the class had listened in dumb incomprehension . They seldom understood what Nelson was talking about, and when Miller launched into a similar enthusiastic tirade, their response, Greene laughed, was "Oh, no, we can't believe there's another one!"

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