in-commensurable

incommensurable

[in-kuh-men-ser-uh-buhl, -sher-]
adjective
1.
not commensurable; having no common basis, measure, or standard of comparison.
2.
utterly disproportionate.
3.
Mathematics. (of two or more quantities) having no common measure.
noun
4.
something that is incommensurable.
5.
Mathematics. one of two or more incommensurable quantities.

Origin:
1550–60; < Late Latin incommēnsūrābilis. See in-3, commensurable

incommensurability, incommensurableness, noun
incommensurably, adverb
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incommensurable (ˌɪnkəˈmɛnʃərəbəl)
 
adj (foll by with)
1.  incapable of being judged, measured, or considered comparatively
2.  not in accordance; incommensurate
3.  maths
 a.  (of two numbers) having an irrational ratio
 b.  not having units of the same dimension
 c.  unrelated to another measurement by integral multiples
 
n
4.  something incommensurable
 
incommensura'bility
 
n
 
incom'mensurableness
 
n
 
incom'mensurably
 
adv

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incommensurable
1557, from M.L. incommensurabilis, from in- "not" + L.L. commensurabilis, from L. com- "with" + mensurabilis "measurable," from mensurare "to measure."
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