- The definition of commensurate is equal or proportionate.
An example of commensurate is the relationship between a GED and a high school diploma.
- equal in measure or size; coextensive
- corresponding in extent or degree; proportionate
- commensurable (sense )
Origin of commensurateLate Latin commensuratus ; from com-, with + mensuratus, past participle of mensurare: see commensurable
- Of the same size, extent, or duration as another.
- Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary commensurate with my performance.
- Measurable by a common standard; commensurable.
Origin of commensurateLate Latin commēnsūrātus : Latin com-, com- + mēnsūrātus (from past participle of mēnsūrāre, to measure, from Latin mēnsūra, measure; see measure).
(comparative more commensurate, superlative most commensurate)
- Of a proportionate or 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
(third-person singular simple present commensurates, present participle commensurating, simple past and past participle commensurated)