Definition of incommensurate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪnkəˈmɛnʃ(ə)rət/


1 (incommensurate with) Out of keeping or proportion with: man’s influence on the earth’s surface seems incommensurate with his scale
More example sentences
  • Whatever the motive, it is clear the response is incommensurate with the threat,
  • In many cities and towns, residents complain regularly about high bills that are incommensurate with their consumption.
  • The portrait of the men as fun-loving rogues is incommensurate with their despicable actions.
out of proportion to, not in proportion to, disproportionate to, relatively too large/small for, not appropriate for;
out of keeping with, at odds with;
excessive, inordinate, unreasonable, uncalled for, undue, unfair
2 another term for incommensurable (sense 1 of the adjective).
Example sentences
  • There is something so incommensurate between the man and the artist.
  • Cultural matrices and their operating rules are often incommensurate across localities.
  • Now we live in a world of largely incommensurate images, some seen on one continent and others in the rest of the world.



Example sentences
  • The structure is incommensurately modulated, a rare case for elemental solids.
  • Electron microscopy study of the incommensurately modulated structure of ankangite.


Example sentences
  • The specific character of a religious tradition helps us understand the incommensurateness of religious traditions.
  • Both the dimension of the incommensurateness and the nature of the surface boundary conditions are found to play an important role in determining whether or not surface phasons exist.
  • The human being, alone among the creatures, experiences ‘the utter incommensurateness and the unsatisfying qualities of the things around us’.

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