Commensurable meaning

kə-mĕn'sər-ə-bəl, -shər-
Measurable by a common standard.
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Commensurate; proportionate.
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Exactly divisible by the same unit an integral number of times. Used of two quantities.
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Measurable by the same standard or measure; specif., designating two quantities having a common measure which is contained an integral number of times in each.
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Properly proportioned; proportionate.
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Able to be measured using a common standard.

A yard and a foot are commensurable, as both may be measured by inches.

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(mathematics) (of two numbers) Exactly divisible by the same number an integer number of times WP.

The numbers 12 and 18 are commensurable, as both are divisible by 6, while 12 and 19 are incommensurable.

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Origin of commensurable

  • Late Latin commēnsūrābilis Latin com- com- mēnsūrābilis measurable (from mēnsūrāre to measure commensurate)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition