AskDefine | Define commensurate

Dictionary Definition

commensurate adj : corresponding in size or degree or extent; "pay should be commensurate with the time worked" [ant: incommensurate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. proportionate; of a similar measurable standard
    ''If it is essential in our interests to maintain a quasi-permanent position of power on the Asian mainland as against the Chinese then we must be prepared to continue to pay the present cost in Vietnam indefinitely and to meet any escalation on the other side with at least a commensurate escalation of commitment of our own.'' - Report to the President on Southeast Asia-Vietnam by Senator Mike Mansfield, December 18, 1962



Extensive Definition

Generally, two quantities are commensurable if both can be measured in the same units. For example, a distance measured in miles and a quantity of water measured in gallons are incommensurable (thus stressing the point that they cannot rationally be compared). A time measured in weeks and a time measured in minutes are commensurable because a week is a constant number of minutes (10080), so that one can convert between the two units by multiplying or dividing by 10080.
commensurate in German: Inkommensurabilität
commensurate in French: Commensurabilité
commensurate in Simple English: Incommensurability
commensurate in Swedish: Inkommensurabilitet
commensurate in Chinese: 可公度性

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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