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Incomprehension vs Ununderstanding - What's the difference?

incomprehension | ununderstanding |

As nouns the difference between incomprehension and ununderstanding

is that incomprehension is want or lack of comprehension or understanding; inability to understand while ununderstanding is failure to understand; incomprehension.

As an adjective ununderstanding is

not understanding.




  • 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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  • Failure to understand; incomprehension.
  • * 1972 , Paul Ziff, Understanding understanding
  • But how and why are hard to say or even see. There are cases of ununderstanding mediated by the use of special words but this is not apt to be one of them.
  • * 1973 , Glenn Pearce, Patrick Maynard, Conceptual change
  • Despite tiresome explications ununderstanding may be rife and rampant.
  • * 1975 , Kenneth Mark Colby, Artificial paranoia; a computer simulation of paranoid processes
  • Since the main problem in the default condition of ununderstanding is how to continue, PARRY employs heuristics such as changing the level of the dialogue and asking about the interviewer's intention...


    (en adjective)
  • Not understanding.
  • * 1933 , Richard Specht, Beethoven as he lived
  • ...more sympathy with art than the ununderstanding , conceited and vulgar Archbishop of Salzburg...
  • * 1991 , P. Rajeswar Rao, The Great Indian patriots, Volume 2
  • With an ununderstanding wife and a physically handicapped daughter, he got on philosophically.