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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INCOMMEN'SURABLE, a. [in and commensurable.]
Having no common measure. Two lines are incommensurable, when, compared to each other, they have no common measure,that is, no measure that will exactly measure both. oth. Quantities are incommensurable, when no third quantity can be found that is an aliquot part of both.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: impossible to measure or compare in value or size or excellence
2: not having a common factor

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1570 not commensurable; broadly lacking a basis of comparison in respect to a quality normally subject to comparison incommensurability noun incommensurable noun incommensurably adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (often foll. by with) 1 not comparable in respect of magnitude. 2 incapable of being measured (in comparison with). 3 Math. (of a magnitude or magnitudes) having no common factor, integral or fractional. 4 Math. irrational. Derivatives: incommensurability n. incommensurably adv. Etymology: LL incommensurabilis (as IN-(1), COMMENSURABLE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Incommensurable In`com*men"su*ra*ble, a. [Pref. in- not + commensurable: cf. F. incommensurable.] Not commensurable; having no common measure or standard of comparison; as, quantities are incommensurable when no third quantity can be found that is an aliquot part of both; the side and diagonal of a square are incommensurable with each other; the diameter and circumference of a circle are incommensurable. They are quantities incommensurable. --Burke. -- In`com*men"su*ra*ble*ness, n. -- In`com*men"su*ra*bly, adv.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Incommensurable In`com*men"su*ra*ble, n. One of two or more quantities which have no common measure.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Without a common measure.

Moby Thesaurus

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