American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not commensurate; disproportionate: a reward incommensurate with their efforts.
- adj. Inadequate.
- adj. Incommensurable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not commensurate; not admitting of a common measure.
- Not of equal measure or extent; not adequate: as, means incommensurate to our wants.
- adj. Out of proportion (in size, degree or extent) with something else
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not commensurate; not admitting of a common measure; incommensurable.
- adj. Not of equal of sufficient measure or extent; not adequate.
- adj. not corresponding in size or degree or extent
“As Empedocles said that 'where heads of many a creature sprouted without necks' they afterwards by Love's power were combined, so here too objects of thought which were given separate are combined, e.g. 'incommensurate' and 'diagonal': if the combination be of objects past or future the combination of thought includes in its content the date.”
“How interesting it would be to learn about the schedule the miners lived by that combined what in our polarized culture seems so incommensurate -- twice-daily talk with psychologists, group therapy, and twice-daily prayer sessions.”
“If it is possible to speak, grosso modo, of a progressive paradigm and a conservative one, then we are forced to realize that they are simply incommensurate.”
“I know the expectations from social workers are unrealistic, and the pay is absolutely incommensurate with the demands of the job.”
“My thinking is now that horded money does indeed spoil if it is not used to do what money is supposed to do, which is act as a means/medium of exchange to distribute otherwise incompatible or incommensurate use values.”
“Poor soul, here for so little, cast among so many hardships, filled with desires so incommensurate and so inconsistent; savagely surrounded, savagely descended, irremediably condemned to prey upon his fellow-lives.”
“Indeed, if they have thought about it all, they believe that mixing such fundamentally incommensurate activities is to commit a basic logical fallacy, with potentially serious results.”
“Deportation is a secondary, and wholly incommensurate, punishment.”
“Two mutually incommensurate world views, and IMHO the decision as to which you will accept is itself purely arbitrary (i.e. it is not the result of "necessity").”
“An incumbent ideology that insists on universality with a singular vision for the future of mankind and an ascendant alternative that is too timid to be heard is a combination that is incommensurate to the problems at hand.”
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