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[kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-]
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  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.
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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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Related Words for commensurately

fairly, equally, justly, squarely, precisely, equitably, proportionately, identically, alike, exactly, tied, analogously, commensurately, correspondingly, equivalently, fifty-fifty, impartially, symmetrically, synonymously, abundantly

Examples from the Web for commensurately

Historical Examples of commensurately

  • But they have not improved either in marching or in fighting at all commensurately with the improved appliances.

    Camps, Quarters and Casual Places

    Archibald Forbes

  • He wished at once that he could get something which would pay him commensurately with his ability.

    The "Genius"

    Theodore Dreiser

  • But this change has not commensurately affected the German universities.

British Dictionary definitions for commensurately


  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
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Derived Formscommensurately, adverbcommensurateness, nouncommensuration (kəˌmɛnsəˈreɪʃən, -ʃə-), noun

Word Origin for commensurate

C17: from Late Latin commēnsūrātus, from Latin com- same + mēnsurāre to measure
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Word Origin and History for commensurately



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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