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commensurate

[kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-]
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adjective
  1. corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree: Your paycheck should be commensurate with the amount of time worked.
  2. proportionate; adequate: a solution commensurate to the seriousness of the problem.
  3. having the same measure; of equal extent or duration.
  4. 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 formscom·men·su·rate·ly, adverbcom·men·su·rate·ness, nouncom·men·su·ra·tion [kuh-men-suh-rey-shuh n, -shuh-] /kəˌmɛn səˈreɪ ʃən, -ʃə-/, nounun·com·men·su·rate, adjectiveun·com·men·su·rate·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcommensurate commiserate
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Examples from the Web for commensuration

Historical Examples

  • But after what manner in this is commensuration to be found?

    An Essay on the Beautiful

    Plotinus

  • And when the kingdom of God comes nigh to men, human responsibility must be enlarged in commensuration with its blessings.

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker


British Dictionary definitions for commensuration

commensurate

adjective
  1. having the same extent or duration
  2. corresponding in degree, amount, or size; proportionate
  3. able to be measured by a common standard; commensurable
Derived Formscommensurately, adverbcommensurateness, nouncommensuration (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 commensuration

commensurate

adj.

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.)).

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