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From Middle English inmesurable, ynmesurable; equivalent to im- +‎ measurable.


  • IPA(key): /ɪˈmɛʒəɹəbəl/, /ɪˈmɛʒɹəbəl/


immeasurable (comparative more immeasurable, superlative most immeasurable)

  1. impossible to measure
    • 1960 March, Cecil J. Allen, “Locomotive Running Past and Present”, in Trains Illustrated, page 175:
      There is also the former Great Central main line which, though it climbs to an almost equal altitude at Dunford, has the immeasurable advantage of electric traction.
  2. vast
    • 2007, Terence Hunt, Longest-serving Bush aide resigns, Associated Press
      "His contribution has been immeasurable," Bush said in a statement. "I value his judgment, and I treasure his friendship."

Usage notes[edit]

Also used tautologically as a spin word to avoid stating explicitly whether someone or something had a positive or negative effect. It is a neutral term equivalent to neither priceless nor worthless.




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immeasurable (plural immeasurables)

  1. anything that cannot be measured
    • 2009 September 29, Madeleine Bunting, “Forget 'clients' and 'users' – public services are about people”, in Guardian[1]:
      And inspiring good relationships is all about immeasurables: it is about inspiring purpose, compassion and attentiveness.