immeasurable

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Etymology[edit]

im- +‎ measurable

Adjective[edit]

immeasurable (comparative more immeasurable, superlative most immeasurable)

  1. impossible to measure
  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."

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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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Noun[edit]

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.

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