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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That helps explain the Chinese public’s surprisingly measured views of Donald Trump, and gives the Chinese government some breathing room to consider its options. The Economist, "China considers its response to Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs," 23 June 2018 The measured response to the cancellation, and the extraordinary diplomatic scramble that followed, was a strong reminder, analysts said, that Mr. Kim not only wants a diplomatic deal with the United States. New York Times, "Keeping Summit Hopes Alive Suggests Kim Jong-un May Need a Deal," 26 May 2018 Olynyk is taking a measured approach to what will follow after the Heat closed last season as the No. Ira Winderman,, "With LeBron headed West, Heat see re-energized East," 9 July 2018 Those planning to conduct their own fireworks displays at home should take measured precautions and follow these tips to avoid injuries and other consequences. Stephanie Petit,, "How to Stay Safe While Setting Off Fireworks This July 4th," 4 July 2018 Harris has taken a slightly more measured approach to addressing liberal frustration with an agency at the center of the debate over detentions. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "White House hits potential 2020 Trump rivals Harris, Warren over ICE," 2 July 2018 Khosrowshahi is taking a much more measured approach to steering the company that now operates in 600 cities in 65 countries, completing 15 million trips every day. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Uber Tells London's Regulators "We've Changed"," 25 June 2018 Mo Bamba Texas | 7-1, 226 pounds | 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds Comment: His 7-foot-10 wingspan marked the longest in measured history at the NBA draft combine. K.c. Johnson,, "Cream of the crop: Analyzing the best NBA draft prospects at Bulls' areas of need," 18 June 2018 General manager Ron Hextall was playing the long game and didn’t give in to the organization’s history of gobbling a sugar rush of veteran mercenaries in place of intelligent, measured growth. Bob Ford,, "Flyers picked bad year to stink in the playoffs | Bob Ford," 20 Apr. 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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