[kuh-men-ser-uh-buh l, -sher-uh-]


having the same measure or divisor: The numbers 6 and 9 are commensurable since they are divisible by 3.
suitable in measure; proportionate.

Origin of commensurable

1550–60; < Late Latin commēnsūrābilis, equivalent to Latin com- com- + mēnsūrābilis (equivalent to mēnsūrā(re) (see commensurate) + -bilis -ble)
Related formscom·men·su·ra·bil·i·ty, com·men·su·ra·ble·ness, nouncom·men·su·ra·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. having a common factor
  2. having units of the same dimensions and being related by whole numbershours and minutes are commensurable
well-proportioned; proportionate
Derived Formscommensurability, nouncommensurably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for commensurable

1550s, from Late Latin commensurabilis "having a common measure," from com- "together with" (see com-) + Latin mensurabilis "that can be measured," from mensurare "to measure," from mensura "measure" (see measure (v.)).

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