incommensurable

[in-kuh-men-ser-uh-buh l, -sher-] /ˌɪn kəˈmɛn sər ə bəl, -ʃər-/
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
Related forms
incommensurability, incommensurableness, noun
incommensurably, adverb
Example Sentences for incommensurable
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.
And it is even more difficult to balance such incommensurable values against one another.
Unfortunately, benefits and costs of a wastewater reuse system are sometimes incommensurable.
British Dictionary definitions for incommensurable
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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Word Origin and History for incommensurable
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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