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

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 In office, Biden has taken a more measured approach to the Persian Gulf ally and world's largest exporter of crude oil. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 Police, under former Mayor Frank Jackson, took a more measured approach at curtailing the vehicles on city streets. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 24 May 2022 Several countries in Europe where COVID-19 cases are rising should have taken a more measured approach to lifting pandemic restrictions, Dr. Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization's regional director for Europe, said on Tuesday. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 23 Mar. 2022 There must be a measured approach with a sense of urgency to return to normal jail operations that doesn’t overwhelm the jail system given the increase in crime and call for the district attorney to prosecute more. oregonlive, 2 May 2022 The Bulls will take a measured approach to LaVine’s minutes to monitor his injury through the end of the regular season. Julia Poe,, 19 Feb. 2022 In an exploding wide receiver market, the Detroit Lions took a measured approach to their free agent shopping at the position. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2022 Elsewhere online, homepages of China’s major state media outlets took a measured approach, citing statements and news from both the Ukrainian and Russian side, while putting focus on sanctions leveraged by other countries against Russia. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 Ask yourself these questions: Is this a measured response? Rich Hume, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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30 Jun 2022

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“Measured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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