in·​com·​men·​su·​rate ˌin-kə-ˈmen(t)-s(ə-)rət How to pronounce incommensurate (audio)
: not commensurate: such as
: disproportionate
a confidence incommensurate with their ability

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The problem, as Leavis understood, is that science and the humanities are inherently incommensurate endeavors. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, 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,, 9 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incommensurate was in 1650

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Cite this Entry

“Incommensurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​com·​men·​su·​rate ˌin-kə-ˈmen(t)s-(ə-)rət How to pronounce incommensurate (audio)
: not commensurate: as
: inadequate
funds incommensurate with need
: disproportionate
a confidence incommensurate with his ability
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