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

Examples of incommensurate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Quite simply, the current approach to climate cooperation is incommensurate with the gravity of the crisis. Jessica F. Green, Foreign Affairs, 12 Nov. 2021 How incommensurate with our small, breakable animal bodies — this awful, awesome notion, the infinite. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2023 Despite the complexity of these latter ideas, her use of diagrams and figures helps to reinforce their approachability—although in some cases their incommensurate simplicity feels unsatisfying. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 20 June 2023 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 21 Jun. 2024.

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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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