mea·​sured | \ ˈme-zhərd How to pronounce measured (audio) , ˈmā-\

Definition of measured

1 : marked by due proportion
2a : marked by rhythm : regularly recurrent a measured gait
b : metrical
3 : deliberate, calculated a measured response

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Other Words from measured

measuredly adverb

Examples of measured in a Sentence

This crisis requires a measured response. She spoke in carefully measured tones.

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But Obama’s successor took a less measured approach to the ruling. Timothy Bella, The Seattle Times, "‘Republicans will never stop’: Obama rips GOP after Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional," 17 Dec. 2018 The drama gets ramped up in these slow, measured ways, too. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 9 Biggest Moments From 'Sharp Objects' Episode 5," 6 Aug. 2018 After six seasons of steadily building dread, what might have been the best drama series of the decade released its tension not all at once in a spectacular onscreen climax, but in much more measured fashion, in viewers’ imaginations. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 As a result, normal year-end nervousness has been amplified, and selling that in the past would have resulted in measured losses leads to deep drops. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Behind the Market Swoon: The Herdlike Behavior of Computerized Trading," 25 Dec. 2018 Then, by comparing this measured mass with the measured curvature of space-time, the team found what general relativity predicts for this mass, or galaxy. Chelsea Gohd,, "Einstein Was Right! Scientists Confirm General Relativity Works With Distant Galaxy," 21 June 2018 Eight thousand miles away, lawmakers on Capitol Hill were a tad more measured. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Lawmakers Are Hesitant to Judge the North Korea Summit Just Yet," 12 June 2018 In response to the measured state of the calcium ion, the trap and the state of the beryllium ions are carefully adjusted. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "An intermediary between qubits provides basis for control and scaling," 25 Nov. 2018 Many Democratic voters gave at least measured praise for Hogan’s performance. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "Post-U. Md. poll: Jealous, Baker lead in Democratic race overshadowed by Hogan," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of measured

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of measured

: done with thought and care

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the range of authority or knowledge

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