incommensurate love


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

  • adj. Not commensurate; disproportionate: a reward incommensurate with their efforts.
  • adj. Inadequate.
  • adj. Incommensurable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Out of proportion (in size, degree or extent) with something else

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not commensurate; not admitting of a common measure; incommensurable.
  • adj. Not of equal of sufficient measure or extent; not adequate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not commensurate; not admitting of a common measure.
  • Not of equal measure or extent; not adequate: as, means incommensurate to our wants.

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

  • adj. not corresponding in size or degree or extent


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  • As Empedocles said that 'where heads of many a creature sprouted without necks' they afterwards by Love's power were combined, so here too objects of thought which were given separate are combined, e.g. 'incommensurate' and 'diagonal': if the combination be of objects past or future the combination of thought includes in its content the date.


  • How interesting it would be to learn about the schedule the miners lived by that combined what in our polarized culture seems so incommensurate -- twice-daily talk with psychologists, group therapy, and twice-daily prayer sessions.

    Rabbi Irwin Kula: The Chilean Miners and Reality TV

  • If it is possible to speak, grosso modo, of a progressive paradigm and a conservative one, then we are forced to realize that they are simply incommensurate.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • I know the expectations from social workers are unrealistic, and the pay is absolutely incommensurate with the demands of the job.

    Tick Tock that Biological Clock - Feministing

  • My thinking is now that horded money does indeed spoil if it is not used to do what money is supposed to do, which is act as a means/medium of exchange to distribute otherwise incompatible or incommensurate use values.

    Matthew Yglesias » Accounting Identities and Straussian Economics

  • Poor soul, here for so little, cast among so many hardships, filled with desires so incommensurate and so inconsistent; savagely surrounded, savagely descended, irremediably condemned to prey upon his fellow-lives.

    CHAPTER 21

  • Indeed, if they have thought about it all, they believe that mixing such fundamentally incommensurate activities is to commit a basic logical fallacy, with potentially serious results.

    Berlinski's Wisdom

  • Deportation is a secondary, and wholly incommensurate, punishment.

    The Media Consortium: Weekly Diaspora: Lawless Judges, Immigrant Soldiers, and Deportee Pardons

  • Two mutually incommensurate world views, and IMHO the decision as to which you will accept is itself purely arbitrary (i.e. it is not the result of "necessity").

    Against Darwinism

  • An incumbent ideology that insists on universality with a singular vision for the future of mankind and an ascendant alternative that is too timid to be heard is a combination that is incommensurate to the problems at hand.

    Nathan Gardels: Eric X. Li: A New China Looks at the West


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