Definition:Non-Comparable Elements

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Let $\RR$ be a relation.

Two elements $x \in \Dom \RR$, $y \in \Img \RR$ such that $x \ne y$ are non-comparable if neither $x \mathrel \RR y$ nor $y \mathrel \RR x$.

Also known as

Sometimes this can be found without the hyphen: noncomparable.

Some use the term incomparable.

Also see

The definition is usually used in the context of orderings and preorderings.

Such a relation with non-comparable pairs is referred to as a partial preordering or partial ordering.

If $x$ and $y$ are not non-comparable then they are comparable.