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incommensurable

[ in-kuh-men-ser-uh-buhl, -sher- ]
/ ˌɪn kəˈmɛn sər ə bəl, -ʃər- /
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adjective
not commensurable; having no common basis, measure, or standard of comparison.
utterly disproportionate.
Mathematics. (of two or more quantities) having no common measure.
noun
something that is incommensurable.
Mathematics. one of two or more incommensurable quantities.
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Origin of incommensurable

From the Late Latin word incommēnsūrābilis, dating back to 1550–60. See in-3, commensurable

OTHER WORDS FROM incommensurable

in·com·men·su·ra·bil·i·ty, in·com·men·su·ra·ble·ness, nounin·com·men·su·ra·bly, adverb
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How to use incommensurable in a sentence

  • This is the fifth example of irrationality and incommensurability.

  • This is the fourth example of irrationality, or incommensurability.

British Dictionary definitions for incommensurable

incommensurable
/ (ˌɪnkəˈmɛnʃərəbəl) /

adjective
incapable of being judged, measured, or considered comparatively
(postpositive foll by with) not in accordance; incommensurate
maths
  1. (of two numbers) having an irrational ratio
  2. not having units of the same dimension
  3. unrelated to another measurement by integral multiples
noun
something incommensurable

Derived forms of incommensurable

incommensurability or incommensurableness, nounincommensurably, adverb
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