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[kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-] /kəˈmɛn sər ɪt, -ʃər-/
having the same measure; of equal extent or duration.
corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree:
Your paycheck should be commensurate with the amount of time worked.
proportionate; adequate.
having a common measure; commensurable.
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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Examples for commensurately
  • Giant digging and transportation machines use commensurately large amounts of fuel.
  • But the price of targets was commensurately high so none of the mooted deals materialised.
  • By the same token, a mild recession is now being followed by a commensurately mild recovery.
  • Grade inflation wouldn't matter if expectations and university entry standards rose commensurately.
  • Private capital is founded on the principle of immediate return on investment, and is commensurately myopic.
  • We lost three of our suitcases before fleeing to another hotel, respectable enough but commensurately expensive.
  • If star fees were halved, other costs would fall commensurately, tickets could be made cheaper and audiences would increase.
  • Projects that are large or small in size often will have commensurately high or low effects.
  • Equitably and commensurately compensate an employee, as appropriate, for all work warranting the payment of premium pay.
British Dictionary definitions for commensurately


/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 commensurately
c.1400, from L.L. commensuratus, from L. com- "with" + L.L. mensuratus, pp. of mensurare "to measure," from mensura (see measure).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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