Definition of commensurable in English:


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  • 1Measurable by the same standard.

    ‘the finite is not commensurable with the infinite’
    • ‘They encouraged practices and beliefs that were commensurable with a disenchanted outlook.’
    • ‘But the Human Rights Act has also done an excellent job of promoting the idea that individual rights can be negotiated, because they are commensurable with other considerations.’
    • ‘Because socialists demand the maximum freedom for individuals commensurable with the freedom of all.’
    • ‘The modest role that Germany has imposed upon itself, he emphasised, was not commensurable with its position in Europe and the world.’
    • ‘Modern utilitarians are right to insist that utility is not reducible to pleasure, and that not all kinds of utility are measurable or commensurable, and that it is not always appropriate even to try to measure these utilities.’
    • ‘Most of the complications are not commensurable and their weighting is often determined by ideological preferences.’
    • ‘Are these two instances of Dewey's intellectual character really so commensurable?’
    • ‘Why do people say you cannot compare things, that they are incommensurable, when they are so obviously comparable or commensurable?’
    • ‘Value as a structure of signification thus radically changes the way we compare things by making commodities commensurable, despite their qualitative differences.’
    • ‘It is through exchange that non-identical individuals and performances become commensurable and identical.’
    • ‘Opening up the aesthetic possibilities for translation raised the problem, however, of determining which style might be best suited to making a translation commensurable in its effects to its original.’
    • ‘Words and their meanings are not entirely commensurable.’
    • ‘There is a principle which says that the level of opposing forces should be commensurable.’
    • ‘Where the experience of women and men is commensurable, women are granted access to human rights in the same way as men.’
    • ‘As far as dogs are concerned the interesting thing to me about dogs is that it's always been said that the dingo has a commensurable relationship with Aborigines.’
    • ‘Other than value counted in units of money, there's no commensurable way of talking about it.’
    similar, close, near, approximate, akin, equivalent, corresponding, commensurate, proportional, proportionate, parallel, analogous, related
  • 2commensurable to rare Proportionate to.

    ‘The service of the members of the Committee is commensurable to the service of the Board of Directors.’
    • ‘The salary given is commensurable to educational qualifications and working experience of the candidate.’
    • ‘The high-skilled IT specialists are not paid the salaries commensurable to the European ones because of the costs of life and the salary level in Ukraine.’
    • ‘Within that framework we prepare the plan of the security system commensurable to the existing risks.’
    • ‘It offers production potential accessible to all countries and commensurable to their needs.’
    appropriate to, in keeping with, in line with, consistent with, corresponding to, in accordance with, according to, relative to, in proportion with, proportionate to
  • 3Mathematics
    (of numbers) in a ratio equal to a ratio of integers.

    ‘Book five lays out the work of Eudoxus on proportion applied to commensurable and incommensurable magnitudes.’
    • ‘The aim of Book X is to investigate the commensurable and the incommensurable, the rational and irrational continuous quantities.’’
    • ‘In this he discussed whether the celestial motions are commensurable or, expressed another way, is there a basic time interval so that the day, month, and year are all exact integer multiples of it.’
    • ‘Dehn had studied the squaring problem in 1903 and proved that a rectangle can be squared if and only if its sides are commensurable and that if it can be squared then there are infinitely many perfect squarings.’
    commensurate, relative, proportional, proportionate, correspondent, comparable, equivalent, equal, consistent, parallel, correlated, analogous, complementary, matching



/kəˈmens(ə)rəb(ə)l/ /kəˈmɛns(ə)rəb(ə)l/ /kəˈmenSH(ə)rəb(ə)l/ /kəˈmɛnʃ(ə)rəb(ə)l/


Mid 16th century from late Latin commensurabilis, from com- ‘together’ + mensurabilis, from mensurare ‘to measure’.