incomparable[in käm′pə rə bəl; occas. in′kəm par′ə bəl]
that cannot be compared; specif.,
- having no common basis of comparison; incommensurable
- beyond comparison; unequaled; matchless: incomparable skill
Origin of incomparableOld French ; from Classical Latin incomparabilis
- Being such that comparison is impossible; incommensurable.
- So outstanding as to be beyond comparison; unsurpassed.
- in·com′pa·ra·bil′i·ty, in·com′pa·ra·ble·ness
(comparative more incomparable, superlative most incomparable)
- Using more or most with incomparable, though often disapproved, is relatively common. Such uses may once have only been accepted for poetic effect, but are now widespread.
- Despite its apparently absolute meaning, incomparable is often used as if there were degrees of incomparability, occurring with adverbs such as so and very.
From Middle French incomparable, from Old French, from Latin incomparabilis