incommensurable

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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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Example sentences
The similarity between many phases of their lives is remarkable, and their
  works are not incommensurable.
Consuming them-toggling for hours between the incommensurable functions of
  reading and looking-is taxing.
Even so, there may be good reasons for preferring some incommensurable goods
  over others.
We live in a world of incommensurable, often conflicting values.
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