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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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 But some analysts said the U.S. applying a 10% duty on Chinese imports starting Sept. 24 was a more measured response than expected. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Surges on Softer-Than-Expected Tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 For a reference point on the power of a Category 4, that was the measured strength of last year's Hurricane Harvey. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Florence Makes Landfall, Hundreds Already Need Evacuation," 14 Sep. 2018 The flame-throwing impulses of Mr. Bannon, in particular, were often at odds with the more measured, pragmatic styles of Mr. Cohn and Ms. Powell. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "One Goldman Takeover That Failed: The Trump White House," 18 Jan. 2018 Carozza, who worked with Barrett for 15 years, described her as intelligent with a measured temperament. Dan Hinkel,, "Potential Trump Supreme Court pick Barrett: Catholic Chicago judge stirs abortion debate," 5 July 2018 His mantra of measured spending could be a standard by which future governors are judged. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: How the Lakers landed LeBron," 2 July 2018 Still, Senate Democrats — who have expressed measured support of legal marijuana — stand only one seat short of capturing the majority, and the fall elections could leave them in charge. New York Times, "New York Moves Toward Legal Marijuana With Health Dept. Endorsement," 18 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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