incommensurable


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

  1. something that is incommensurable.
  2. Mathematics. one of two or more incommensurable quantities.

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

  1. something 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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