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incomparable

[in-kom-per-uh-buh l, -pruh-buh l] /ɪnˈkɒm pər ə bəl, -prə bəl/
adjective
1.
beyond comparison; matchless or unequaled:
incomparable beauty.
2.
not comparable; incapable of being compared to each other, as two unlike objects or qualities, or to one or more others.
Origin of incomparable
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Latin word incomparābilis. See in-3, comparable
Related forms
incomparability, incomparableness, noun
incomparably, adverb
Synonyms
1. peerless, unrivaled, inimitable.
Antonyms
1. ordinary, mediocre.
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British Dictionary definitions for incomparably

incomparable

/ɪnˈkɒmpərəbəl; -prəbəl/
adjective
1.
beyond or above comparison; matchless; unequalled
2.
lacking a basis for comparison; not having qualities or features that can be compared
Derived Forms
incomparability, incomparableness, noun
incomparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incomparably
adv.

early 15c., from incomparable + -ly (2).

incomparable

adj.

early 15c., from Old French incomparable (12c.) or directly from Latin incomparabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + comparabilis "comparable" (see comparable).

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