commensurable

adjective
com·​men·​su·​ra·​ble | \ kə-ˈmen(t)s-rə-bəl How to pronounce commensurable (audio) , -ˈmen(t)sh-; -ˈmen(t)-sə-, -shə- \

Definition of commensurable

1 : having a common measure specifically : divisible without remainder by a common unit

Other Words from commensurable

commensurability \ kə-​ˌmen(t)s-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce commensurable (audio) , -​ˌmen(t)sh-​ ; -​ˌmen(t)-​sə-​ , -​shə-​ \ noun
commensurably \ kə-​ˈmen(t)s-​rə-​blē How to pronounce commensurable (audio) , -​ˈmen(t)sh-​ ; -​ˈmen(t)-​sə-​ , -​shə-​ \ adverb

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Commensurable means "having a common measure" or "corresponding in size, extent, amount, or degree." Its antonym incommensurable generally refers to things that are unlike and incompatible, sharing no common ground ("incommensurable theories"), or to things that are very disproportionate, often to the point of defying comparison ("incommensurable crimes"). Both words entered English in the 1500s and were originally used (as they still can be) for numbers that have or don't have a common divisor. They came to English by way of Middle French and Late Latin, ultimately deriving from the Latin noun mensura, meaning "measure." Mensura is also an ancestor of commensurate (meaning "coextensive" or "proportionate") and incommensurate ("disproportionate" or "insufficient"), which overlap in meaning with commensurable and incommensurable but are not exact synonyms.

Examples of commensurable in a Sentence

though his new job pays less, the pay is at least commensurable with the amount of work and the level of stress he must contend with
Recent Examples on the Web That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 That was out of the question—their behavior was not commensurable with our understanding of universal laws. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of commensurable

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Commensurable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commensurable. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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