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[kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-] /kəˈmɛn sər ɪt, -ʃər-/
corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree:
Your paycheck should be commensurate with the amount of time worked.
proportionate; adequate:
a solution commensurate to the seriousness of the problem.
having the same measure; of equal extent or duration.
having a common measure or divisor; commensurable.
Origin of commensurate
1635-45; < Late Latin commēnsūrātus, equivalent to Latin com- com- + mēnsūrātus (past participle of mēnsūrāre to measure); see -ate1
Related forms
commensurately, adverb
commensurateness, noun
[kuh-men-suh-rey-shuh n, -shuh-] /kəˌmɛn səˈreɪ ʃən, -ʃə-/ (Show IPA),
uncommensurate, adjective
uncommensurately, adverb
Can be confused
commensurate, commiserate. Unabridged
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  • Let the education of woman be commensurate with her influence.

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • Our attainments in these directions appear to be commensurate with our needs.

  • On the contrary, the thanks I get are far more than commensurate with the labour.

  • Justice demands that punishment be commensurate with reward.

  • The honour thus conferred was but commensurate with the blessings he brought.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • No gratitude could be commensurate with the benefit I conferred upon you.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • In so doing it but reflects, commensurate with its conscious thought, that which is the hidden source of all beings.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
British Dictionary definitions for commensurate


/kəˈmɛnsərɪt; -ʃə-/
having the same extent or duration
corresponding in degree, amount, or size; proportionate
able to be measured by a common standard; commensurable
Derived Forms
commensurately, adverb
commensurateness, noun
commensuration (kəˌmɛnsəˈreɪʃən; -ʃə-) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin commēnsūrātus, from Latin com- same + mēnsurāre to measure
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Word Origin and History for commensurate

1640s, from Late Latin commensuratus, from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + Late Latin mensuratus, past participle of mensurare "to measure," from mensura (see measure (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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