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incommensurable

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Impossible to measure or compare.
  • adj. Lacking a common quality on which to make a comparison.
  • adj. Mathematics Having no common measure or number of which all the given lengths or measures are integral multiples.
  • adj. Mathematics Having an irrational ratio.
  • n. One that is incommensurable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That cannot be measured as an integer or fraction; irrational.
  • adj. Not able to be measured by the same standards as another term in the context; see measurement; contrast with unmeasurable or immeasurable, each of which means not able to be measured at all, the former more generally, the latter generally due to some infinite quality of the thing being described
  • n. An incommensurable value or quantity; an irrational number.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not commensurable; having no common measure or standard of comparison
  • n. One of two or more quantities which have no common measure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not commensurable; having no common measure: thus, two quantities are incommensurable when no third quantity can be found that is an aliquot part of both; in arithmetic, having no common divisor except unity. See commensurable.
  • n. One of two or more quantities which have no common measure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. impossible to measure or compare in value or size or excellence
  • adj. not having a common factor

Etymologies

From mediaeval Latin incommensurabilis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It might seem as though the idea of incommensurable alternatives does not really make sense.

    Dynamic Choice

  • "incommensurable" -- they sail past each other; the two sides are talking about different things.

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  • The "loving anachronism" Steven Jones's happy phraseof reading Shelley with and against historical moments and political crises that are irreducibly unique and particular, "incommensurable" (Jones again), confirms those lines in Adonais (stanza 46) about the "fire" outliving the "parent spark."

    Scrivener, Introduction

  • Faith-based belief systems are absolutely incommensurable.

    Ted Cadsby: Defying Our Maker: What The New Atheists Miss

  • The US was resented not because it was culturally incommensurable or advocated human rights, but because it supported a despot who made it possible for the US to dominate oil interests in the Iranian economy.

    Mahmood Delkhasteh: Clash of Civilizations Discredited

  • He argued that although the age of grand ideological struggles ended with the collapse of Soviet communism, the world had in fact regressed to a prior stage of development, which was based on the "normal" clashes that he said resulted from incommensurable forms of cultural difference.

    Mahmood Delkhasteh: Clash of Civilizations Discredited

  • If you recall, there was a devastating earthquake in this area not long ago, in 1999, with thousands of people who suffered and incommensurable damage.

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  • But, of course, there is a multitude of long views, each subjective and many incommensurable with any other.

    "Would you like to see a little of it?" said the Mock Turtle.

  • Leandro laughs at the students chanting about the workers and opines that though some talk about ‘re-enacting’ political events, we are not Chileans, and we are not in Chile thirty-five years ago, as if our worlds are incommensurable.

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  • Their religions, their languages, their feared atavistic criminal impulses, alas, their very essence, coalesced around the archetype of the immigrant as 'Other': incommensurable and beyond any hope of blending in or melting down no matter how much heat the melting pot could generate.

    Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco : Memo to Bald Men

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