in·​com·​men·​su·​rate | \ ˌin-kə-ˈmen(t)s-rət How to pronounce incommensurate (audio) , -ˈmen(t)sh-; -ˈmen(t)-sə-, -shə- \

Definition of incommensurate

: not commensurate: such as
c : disproportionate a confidence incommensurate with their ability

Examples of incommensurate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem, as Leavis understood, is that science and the humanities are inherently incommensurate endeavors. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "The Danger of Progressives’ Inhumanity to the Humanities," 28 July 2017 Open the front door to chef-owner Genet Agonafer’s restaurant, a dining room that seems both a local fixture and oddly incommensurate with the neighborhood. Amy Scattergood,, "Ethiopian chef Genet Agonafer may cook the best doro wot in town, but she hasn't eaten it in years," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of incommensurate

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Incommensurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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