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 (ĭn′kə-mĕn′sər-ə-bəl, -shər-)
a. Impossible to measure or compare.
b. Lacking a common quality on which to make a comparison.
2. Mathematics
a. Having no common measure or number of which all the given lengths or measures are integral multiples.
b. Having an irrational ratio.
One that is incommensurable.

in′com·men′su·ra·bil′i·ty n.
in′com·men′su·ra·bly adv.
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1. incapable of being judged, measured, or considered comparatively
2. (foll by: with) not in accordance; incommensurate
3. (Mathematics) maths
a. (of two numbers) having an irrational ratio
b. not having units of the same dimension
c. unrelated to another measurement by integral multiples
something incommensurable
ˌincomˌmensuraˈbility, ˌincomˈmensurableness n
ˌincomˈmensurably adv
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(ˌɪn kəˈmɛn sər ə bəl, -ʃər-)

not commensurable; having no common basis, measure, or standard of comparison.
[1550–60; < Late Latin]
in`com•men`su•ra•bil′i•ty, in`com•men′su•ra•ble•ness, n.
in`com•men′su•ra•bly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.incommensurable - impossible to measure or compare in value or size or excellence
incomparable, uncomparable - such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared; "an incomparable week of rest and pleasure"; "the computer proceeds with its incomparable logic and efficiency"; "this report is incomparable with the earlier ones because of different breakdowns of the data"
2.incommensurable - not having a common factor
incommensurate - not corresponding in size or degree or extent; "a reward incommensurate with his effort"
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[ˌɪnkəˈmenʃərəbl] ADJ (frm) → inconmensurable
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adjnicht zu vergleichend attr, → nicht vergleichbar; (Math) → inkommensurabel
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For us with the standard of good and evil given us by Christ, no human actions are incommensurable. And there is no greatness where simplicity, goodness, and truth are absent.
And thought could not give an answer to my question--it is incommensurable with my question.
Gringoire enjoyed seeing, feeling, fingering, so to speak an entire assembly (of knaves, it is true, but what matters that ?) stupefied, petrified, and as though asphyxiated in the presence of the incommensurable tirades which welled up every instant from all parts of his bridal song.
God, almighty Creator of the universe, before whose incommensurable dimensions astronomy is ever more astonished, has sent his Son to us as a sign of his love and of his will to save us.
A potential way into a consideration of this is through Homi Bhabha's reference to the 'incommensurable' elements, 'the stubborn chunks' which are 'the basis of cultural identifications'.
In fact, REUs and NSERC grants are incommensurable. Opportunities to collaborate with students from around the country, to be exposed to an outstanding roster of guest speakers, and to garner practical knowledge in a host of disciplines outside a student's area of specialization are not available in Canada.
Rather, it is because some, though not all, values are incommensurable. A is incommensurable with B if it is not the case that A is better than B, B is better than A, or that A and B are equally good.
In reinterpreting her mother's mask of opacity, she utters, "You were hiding an incommensurable treasure." The already-formed image of her mother clashes violently with the image resulting from her reading of these passionate letters and cause her to ask, "Who were you?" Her mother's silencing of her all-too-visible pain causes her daughter to now accuse her of betrayal: "Mamma, why did you betray me like this?
Admittedly, the aspects dealt with in Wolf's loosely linked essays seem incommensurable. An account of Morike's difficult relationships with his four brothers sits oddly alongside studies of his interest in the supernatural (inter- twined with a survey of his relationship with Justinus Kerner) and of the passion for collecting fossils which occupied him in the 1840s.
Vygotsky's zone of proximal development and Krashen's i + 1: incommensurable constructs; incommensurable theories.
In fact, the Curator of the Center of Art Detention just happens to be former, corrupt Police Commissioner Biff Musclewhite, who the novel makes clear has been hired not because of any knowledge of art but because of his experience in policing the striated space within which the Atonist order has confined the nomad art that threatens to move its beholders beyond the State's established "zone of rights." In retaliation, the Mu'tafikah are, as McGee puts if, attempting "to extract the art of the third world from the space of the norm and return it to the realm of the incommensurable" (97), to the smooth, undefined, de-historicized space of the nomad.
Paradigms are by their definition (at least in the classical sense) mutually exclusive or incommensurable, but not infallible.