from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of the same size, extent, or duration as another.
  • adj. Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary commensurate with my performance.
  • adj. Measurable by a common standard; commensurable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a proportionate or similar measurable standard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a common measure; commensurable; reducible to a common measure.
  • adj. Equal in measure or extent; proportionate.
  • transitive v. To reduce to a common measure.
  • transitive v. To proportionate; to adjust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reduce to a common measure.
  • To adapt; proportionate.
  • Reducible to a common measure; commensurable.
  • Of equal size; having the same boundaries.
  • Corresponding in amount, degree, or magnitude; adequate; proportionate to the purpose, occasion, capacity, etc.: as, we find nothing in this life commensurate with our desires.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. corresponding in size or degree or extent


Late Latin commēnsūrātus : Latin com-, com- + mēnsūrātus (from past participle of mēnsūrāre, to measure, from Latin mēnsūra, measure; see measure).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin com- ("together, with") + mēnsūrō ("measure; estimate"). (Wiktionary)


  • Additionally, members can qualify to serve with the Expectation of Continued Employment after their sixth consecutive year of employment pending a performance review but will "normally be reappointed with a term commensurate with the term just completed," according to University policy.

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  • We are of course at war and so, given how serious the Government says matters are (such that they justify these new inroads into our freedoms), then perhaps we ought to treat the funding of our military in commensurate manner, foregoing some of the luxuries to which we have become accustomed.

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  • I kept silence from utter inability to say a word commensurate with my grief.

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  • Based on the implied yield available on zero-coupon government issues with an equivalent term commensurate with the expected term of the awards.

  • IRS, and a proposal was put forth to possibly transfer her to contract status at the same compensation rate, with a designation commensurate with her status and contributions to the organization.


  • If someone like Justice Souter said something “equivalent,” or commensurate, which is to say make an aside comment in an informal setting

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  • If someone like Justice Souter said something “equivalent,” or commensurate, which is to say make an aside comment in an informal setting, nothing would, and nothing has, been made of it.

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  • This consideration, apart from any other, should be sufficient to convince us that there is no solution of our problems apart from a return to simpler conditions of life, such as would reduce the complexity of our relationships to terms commensurate with the human understanding.

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  • "That is all," the man said, and March felt in his pocket for a coin commensurate to the service he had done them; it ought to be something handsome.

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  • If I am reviewing a book should I withhold my judgment of that book or fail to express it in terms commensurate with my evaluation?


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  • adjective: to be in proportion or corresponding in degree or amount

    The convicted felon’s life sentence was commensurate with the heinousness of his crime.

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  • "... face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder."

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