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.