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[in-kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-] /ˌɪn kəˈmɛn sər ɪt, -ʃər-/
not commensurate; disproportionate; inadequate:
Our income is incommensurate to our wants.
Origin of incommensurate
1640-50; in-3 + commensurate
Related forms
incommensurately, adverb
incommensurateness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for incommensurate
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  • It is only in their underlying network of causes that they are dissimilar and incommensurate.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • The whole question seems to be incommensurate to our faculties.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • This obligation is incommensurate with the debt I owe for years of inspiration, tuition and criticism.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • That he should waste his forces on objects so incommensurate with their extent proves how little he was qualified to wield them.

  • We do not find fault with men for being born in positions that confer powers upon them incommensurate with their rights.

  • It is probable that his acquaintance with literature was incommensurate with his reputation or apparent scope as a writer.

  • It was incommensurate with the terrible excitement of which one was talking.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
  • Every village had its headman, called the Kye-dan-gyi, with onerous duties and incommensurate powers and emoluments.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt, as I understand the subject; difficulty and doubt are incommensurate.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • Small wonder, that is to say wonder not incommensurate with the general wonder of the whole process.

British Dictionary definitions for incommensurate


when postpositive, often foll by with. not commensurate; disproportionate
Derived Forms
incommensurately, adverb
incommensurateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incommensurate

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

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