unintelligible


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UNINTELLIGIBLE. That which cannot be understood.
     2. When a law, a contract, or will, is unintelligible, it has no effect whatever. Vide Construction, and the authorities there referred to.

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Sound-mapping software developed by engineers at Cardiff University in Wales shows where conversations would be unintelligible if a room were busy.
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It can be as unintelligible as my handwriting" - Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Coming on stage to huge applause, the ex-Black Flag vocalist went through stories ranging from his recent and, in his own words, ill-advised visit to Pakistan to tasting coffee in the Lebanon, where the drink was so strong he was able to converse with a family in his own unique, unintelligible language.
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However, there are occasions when some of his utterances are totally unintelligible, which prompts me to ask, what did Horace say then?
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After five studious readings, I still find much of it unintelligible.