com·​men·​su·​rate | \ kə-ˈmen(t)s-rət How to pronounce commensurate (audio) , -ˈmen(t)sh-; -ˈmen(t)-sə-, -shə- \

Definition of commensurate

1 : corresponding in size, extent, amount, or degree : proportionate was given a job commensurate with her abilities
2 : equal in measure or extent : coextensive lived a life commensurate with the early years of the republic

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commensurately adverb
commensuration \ kə-​ˌmen(t)-​sə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce commensurate (audio) , -​shə-​ \ noun

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Commensurate comes from the Latin word for the act of measuring, mensūra. That noun is based on mensus, the past participle of the verb mētīrī," meaning "to determine the extent of."

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Because the effects of tobacco are slow—and iterative—and produce diseases that have other causes and explanations, often later in life, they seldom arouse fear commensurate with their impact. — Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, (2007) 2009 The last of the string family, the double bass, is the largest of all and must be played standing. Because it is seen in jazz bands, it has recently taken on an importance more nearly commensurate with its size. — Aaron Copland, What to Listen for in Music, (1957) 1988 … athletes are rewarded commensurate with their fame, not their intrinsic talent … — Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 21 Dec. 1987 I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed. — Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969 Her new position came with a commensurate level of responsibility. was given a job commensurate with her abilities and experience See More
Recent Examples on the Web The rate sparked questions over whether Covid-19 measures were commensurate with health risks to the general population, but by Monday morning, some comments on social media appeared to have been removed. Selina Wang, CNN, 24 June 2022 The compensation rate is commensurate with the title. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 11 July 2022 The enhanced scrutiny of the industry is perhaps commensurate with its surge in importance in China. Jane Li, Quartz, 24 June 2022 President Biden will on Wednesday call on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for three months and ask states to suspend their own gas taxes or provide commensurate relief to consumers, according to the White House. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 22 June 2022 That pressure demanded a commensurate artistic effort. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Last year, for the first time since 2013, the city’s murder rate dropped just below what is deemed commensurate with civil war. Sean Williams, Rolling Stone, 22 May 2022 These are assets that need to be protected the most, and those that are more sophisticated often require commensurate security solutions. Carlos Morales, Forbes, 2 May 2022 As new Omicron variants further infiltrate the U.S., signals suggest the latest increase in Covid-19 infections hasn’t sparked a commensurate surge in severe illness even as risks remain. WSJ, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commensurate

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for commensurate

Late Latin commensuratus, from Latin com- + Late Latin mensuratus, past participle of mensurare to measure, from Latin mensura measure — more at measure

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“Commensurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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