incommensurable [in-k uh- men-ser- uh-b uh l, -sher-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of incommensurable
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commensurable Related forms in·com·men·su·ra·bil·i·ty, in·com·men·su·ra·ble·ness, noun in·com·men·su·ra·bly, adverb
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incommensurability. British Dictionary definitions for incommensurability adjective incapable of being judged, measured, or considered comparatively ( postpositive foll by with) not in accordance; incommensurate maths (of two numbers) having an irrational ratio not having units of the same dimension unrelated to another measurement by integral multiples noun something incommensurable Derived Forms incommensurability or incommensurableness, noun incommensurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incommensurability adj.
1550s, from Middle French
incommensurable or directly from Medieval Latin incommensurabilis, from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + Late Latin commensurabilis, from Latin com- "with" + mensurabilis "measurable," from mensurare "to measure" (see measure (v.)). Related: Incommensurably.
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