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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
1550-1560
1550-60; < Late Latin incommēnsūrābilis. See in-3, commensurable
Related forms
incommensurability, incommensurableness, noun
incommensurably, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for incommensurableness

incommensurable

/ˌɪnkəˈmɛnʃərəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being judged, measured, or considered comparatively
2.
(postpositive) foll by with. not in accordance; incommensurate
3.
(maths)
  1. (of two numbers) having an irrational ratio
  2. not having units of the same dimension
  3. unrelated to another measurement by integral multiples
noun
4.
something incommensurable
Derived Forms
incommensurability, incommensurableness, noun
incommensurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incommensurableness

incommensurable

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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