incomprehensibly (adv.) Look up incomprehensibly at
early 15c., from incomprehensible + -ly (2).
incomprehension (n.) Look up incomprehension at
c. 1600, from in- (1) "not" + comprehension.
incomprehensive (adj.) Look up incomprehensive at
1650s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + comprehensive.
inconceivable (adj.) Look up inconceivable at
1630s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + conceivable. Related: Inconcievably. An Old English word for this was unasmeagendlic.
inconclusive (adj.) Look up inconclusive at
1680s (implied in inconclusiveness), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + conclusive. Related: Inconclusively.
inconducive (adj.) Look up inconducive at
1848, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + conducive.
incongruence (n.) Look up incongruence at
c. 1600, from Late Latin incongruentia "incongruity," from incongruentem (nominative incongruens) "incongruous, inconsistent," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + congruens (see congruent).
incongruency (n.) Look up incongruency at
c. 1600, from incongruent + -cy.
incongruent (adj.) Look up incongruent at
mid-15c., from Latin incongruentem (nominative incongruens), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + congruens (see congruent). Related: Incongruently.
incongruity (n.) Look up incongruity at
1530s, from French incongruité or directly from Medieval Latin incongruitas, from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + congruitas (see congruity).
incongruous (adj.) Look up incongruous at
1610s, from Latin incongruus "incongruous," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + congruus "fit, suitable" (see congruent). Related: Incongruously.
inconsequence (n.) Look up inconsequence at
1580s, from Latin inconsequentia, from inconsequens (see inconsequent).
inconsequent (adj.) Look up inconsequent at
1570s, "not following as a logical conclusion," from Latin inconsequentem (nominative inconsequens) "not logically connected," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + consequens, past participle of consequi "to follow" (see consequence).
inconsequential (adj.) Look up inconsequential at
"characterized by inconsequence," 1620s; "not worth noticing," 1782; see inconsequent + -al (1). Related: Inconsequentially.
inconsiderable (adj.) Look up inconsiderable at
1590s, from French inconsidérable (16c.), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + considérable (see considerable). Related: Inconsiderably.
inconsiderate (adj.) Look up inconsiderate at
late 15c., "done thoughtlessly," literally "not properly considered," from Latin inconsideratus "headstrong, unadvised, thoughtless," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + consideratus (see consider). Related: Inconsiderately; inconsiderateness.
inconsideration (n.) Look up inconsideration at
1520s, from Late Latin inconsiderationem (nominative inconsideratio) "inconsiderateness," from inconsideratus (see inconsiderate).
inconsistency (n.) Look up inconsistency at
1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + consistency. Related: Inconsistencies.
inconsistent (adj.) Look up inconsistent at
1640s, "not agreeing in substance or form," from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + consistent. Related: Inconsistently.
inconsolable (adj.) Look up inconsolable at
c. 1500 (implied in inconsolably), from Latin inconsolabilis "inconsolable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + consolabilis "consolable," from consolari (see console (v.)).
inconspicuous (adj.) Look up inconspicuous at
1620s, "invisible," from Late Latin inconspicuus, from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + Latin conspicuus (see conspicuous). Weakened sense of "not readily seen or noticed" first recorded 1828. Related: Inconspicuously; inconspicuousness.
inconstance (n.) Look up inconstance at
late 14c., from Old French inconstance (13c.), from Latin inconstantia, noun of quality from inconstans (see inconstant).
inconstancy (n.) Look up inconstancy at
1520s, from Latin inconstantia (see inconstance).
inconstant (adj.) Look up inconstant at
c. 1400, "fickle, not steadfast," from Middle French inconstant (late 14c.), from Latin inconstantem (nominative inconstans) "changeable, fickle, capricious," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + constantem (see constant). Related: Inconstantly.
incontestable (adj.) Look up incontestable at
1670s, from French incontestable, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + contestable (see contest (v.)). Related: Incontestably.
incontinence (n.) Look up incontinence at
late 14c., "inability to restrain sexual desire, sexual immorality," later "inability to keep to a religious rule" (early 15c.), from Old French incontinence "lack of abstinence, unchastity" (12c.) or directly from Latin incontinentia "greediness; incontinence," noun of quality from incontinens "incontinent, immoderate, intemperate" (see incontinent). Meaning "inability to retain bodily functions" is from 1754.
incontinency (n.) Look up incontinency at
early 15c., "unchastity;" see incontinent + -cy.
incontinent (adj.) Look up incontinent at
late 14c., "wanting in self restraint," from Old French incontinent, from Latin incontinentem (nominative incontinens) "incontinent, immoderate, intemperate," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + continens (see continent). Originally chiefly of sexual appetites; sense of "unable to control bowels or bladder" first attested 1828.
incontinently (adv.) Look up incontinently at
early 15c., "immediately, without delay," from incontinent + -ly (2). In reference to physical looseness, from 1550s.
incontrovertible (adj.) Look up incontrovertible at
1640s, from in- (1) "not" + controvertible (see controvert). Related: Incontrovertibly.
inconvenience (n.) Look up inconvenience at
c. 1400, "harm, damage, danger," also "a harmful incident, misfortune, affliction," from Old French inconvenience "misfortune, calamity; impropriety" (Modern French inconvenance), from Late Latin inconvenientia "lack of consistency, incongruity," noun of quality from inconvenientem (see inconvenient). Later "impropriety, unfitness; an improper act or utterance" (early 15c.). Meaning "quality of being inconvenient" is from 1650s.
inconvenience (v.) Look up inconvenience at
1650s, from inconvenience (n.). Related: Inconvenienced; inconveniencing.
inconveniency (n.) Look up inconveniency at
mid-15c., "mischief, injury," from Latin inconvenientia (see inconvenience (n.)). Meaning "trouble, disadvantage" is from 1550s.
inconvenient (adj.) Look up inconvenient at
late 14c., "injurious, dangerous," from Old French inconvénient (13c.), from Latin inconvenientem (nominative inconveniens) "unsuitable, not accordant, dissimilar," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + convenientem (see convenient). In early 15c., "inappropriate, unbecoming, unnatural;" also, of an accused person, "unlikely as a culprit, innocent." Sense of "troublesome, awkward" first recorded 1650s.
inconveniently (adv.) Look up inconveniently at
mid-15c., "wrongfully," from inconvenient + -ly (2). Meaning "with trouble or discomfort" is from 1650s.
incorporate (v.) Look up incorporate at
late 14c., "to put (something) into the body or substance of (something else)," from Late Latin incorporatus, past participle of incorporare "unite into one body," from Latin in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (see corporeal). Meaning "to legally form a body politic" is from 1460s. Related: Incorporated; incorporating.
incorporation (n.) Look up incorporation at
late 14c., incorporacioun, "act or process of combining of substances; absorption of light or moisture," from Old French incorporacion or directly from Late Latin incorporationem (nominative incorporatio), noun of action from past participle stem of incorporare (see incorporate). Meaning "the formation of a corporate body" (such as a guild) is from early 15c.
Incorporation, n. The act of uniting several persons into one fiction called a corporation, in order that they may be no longer responsible for their actions. A, B and C are a corporation. A robs, B steals and C (it is necessary that there be one gentleman in the concern) cheats. It is a plundering, thieving, swindling corporation. But A, B and C, who have jointly determined and severally executed every crime of the corporation, are blameless. [Ambrose Bierce, 1885]
incorporeal (adj.) Look up incorporeal at
1530s, with -al (1) and Latin incorporeus "without body," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (see corporal).
incorrect (adj.) Look up incorrect at
early 15c., "uncorrected," from Latin incorrectus "uncorrected," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + correctus (see correct). Sense of "not in good style" is from 1670s; that of "factually wrong, erroneous, inaccurate" is from 1610s (implied in incorrectly).
incorrigibility (n.) Look up incorrigibility at
late 15c., from incorrigible + -ity.
incorrigible (adj.) Look up incorrigible at
mid-14c., from Old French incorrigible (mid-14c.), or directly from Latin incorrigibilis "not to be corrected," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + corrigibilis, from corrigere "to correct" (see correct). Related: Incorrigibly. As a noun, from 1746.
incorruptibility (n.) Look up incorruptibility at
mid-15c., from Late Latin incorruptibilitas, from incorruptibilis (see incorruptible).
incorruptible (adj.) Look up incorruptible at
mid-14c., in a physical sense, from Middle French incorruptible (14c.), or directly from Late Latin incorruptibilis, from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + corruptibilis (see corruptible). From 1660s in a moral sense. Related: Incorruptibly.
increase (v.) Look up increase at
early 14c., "become greater in size or number; to cause to grow, enlarge," from Anglo-French encress-, Old French encreiss-, present participle stem of encreistre, from Latin increscere "to increase, to grow upon, grow over, swell, grow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + crescere "to grow" (see crescent). Latin spelling restored 15c. Related: Increased; increasing.
increase (n.) Look up increase at
late 14c., "action of increasing; results of an increasing," from increase (v.).
increasingly (adv.) Look up increasingly at
late 14c., from increasing (see increase) + -ly (2).
incredible (adj.) Look up incredible at
early 15c., "unbelievable," from Latin incredibilis "not to be believed," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + credibilis "worthy of belief" (see credible). Used c. 1400 in a now-extinct sense of "unbelieving, incredulous." Related: Incredibly.
incredulity (n.) Look up incredulity at
"disbelieving frame of mind," early 15c., from Middle French incrédulité, from Latin incredulitatem (nominative incredulitas), noun of quality from incredulus (see incredible).
incredulous (adj.) Look up incredulous at
"unbelieving," 1570s, from Latin incredulus "unbelieving, incredulous," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + credulus (see credulous). Formerly also of religious beliefs. Related: Incredulously; incredulousness.
increment (n.) Look up increment at
mid-15c., "act or process of increasing," from Latin incrementum "growth, increase; an addition," from stem of increscere "to grow in or upon" (see increase). Meaning "amount of increase" first attested 1630s.