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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the Democratic governor pushed back, promising to take a more measured approach that addressed the effects on oil workers and California cities and counties that are economically dependent on the petroleum industry. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Newsom bans new California fracking permits starting in 2024," 23 Apr. 2021 Until now, a measured approach — which includes some hunting of wolves and intervention by the state when grizzlies get into someone’s beehive or chicken coop — along with lots of protection have prevailed. New York Times, "In Montana, Bears and Wolves Become Part of the Culture Wars," 28 Mar. 2021 By avoiding an overly heavy-handed approach, Lamont has taken a measured approach, even if many restaurant owners wanted to be open sooner and for longer hours. Christopher Keating,, "Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s poll ratings doubled in COVID year, but extraordinary powers and federal money will eventually run out," 15 Mar. 2021 But a shrewder, more measured approach might have made the film more accessible and engaging. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Sitting with the anxious comedy of ‘Shiva Baby’," 2 Apr. 2021 Still, some experts say that public schools should continue to take a measured approach to reopening in hopes of building trust with families. Lillian Reed,, "Baltimore-area school systems won’t immediately adopt new federal, state spacing recommendations," 29 Mar. 2021 MacDonough's decision might actually make passage of the overall relief bill easier because efforts to find a minimum wage compromise between progressives and moderate Democrats who'd prefer a more measured approach could have been contentious. Alan Fram,, "House to vote on COVID-19 relief package Friday," 26 Feb. 2021 But what about the measured speed of light from Frame B? Rhett Allain, Wired, "So Can Flash Actually Run Faster Than the Speed of Light?," 2 Apr. 2021 Early Thursday, North Korea launched the first ballistic missile tests of the Biden administration, what some analysts say was a measured provocation to catch the new president’s attention. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden leaves door open for change in Senate procedures to move his agenda forward," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of measured

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for measured

Middle English mesured, from past participle of mesuren "to measure entry 2"

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The first known use of measured was in the 14th century

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1 May 2021

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“Measured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of measured

: done with thought and care

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