[in-kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-]


not commensurate; disproportionate; inadequate: Our income is incommensurate to our wants.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for incommensurate

disproportionate, inadequate, unequal, unfair, incommensurable

Examples from the Web for incommensurate

Historical Examples of incommensurate

  • 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.


    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



(when postpositive, often foll by with) not commensurate; disproportionate
Derived Formsincommensurately, adverbincommensurateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incommensurate

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

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