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incommensurate

[in-kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-]
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adjective
  1. not commensurate; disproportionate; inadequate: Our income is incommensurate to our wants.
  2. incommensurable.

Origin of incommensurate

First recorded in 1640–50; in-3 + commensurate
Related formsin·com·men·su·rate·ly, adverbin·com·men·su·rate·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for incommensurate

Historical Examples

  • The whole question seems to be incommensurate to our faculties.

    Thoughts on Man

    William Godwin

  • It is only in their underlying network of causes that they are dissimilar and incommensurate.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

  • It was incommensurate with the terrible excitement of which one was talking.

    Orthodoxy

    G. K. Chesterton

  • That he should waste his forces on objects so incommensurate with their extent proves how little he was qualified to wield them.

  • This obligation is incommensurate with the debt I owe for years of inspiration, tuition and criticism.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


British Dictionary definitions for incommensurate

incommensurate

adjective
  1. (when postpositive, often foll by with) not commensurate; disproportionate
  2. incommensurable
Derived Formsincommensurately, adverbincommensurateness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for incommensurate

adj.

1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + commensurate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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