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 (kə-mĕn′sər-ə-bəl, -shər-)
1. Measurable by a common standard.
2. Commensurate; proportionate.
3. Mathematics Exactly divisible by the same unit an integral number of times. Used of two quantities.

[Late Latin commēnsūrābilis : Latin com-, com- + mēnsūrābilis, measurable (from mēnsūrāre, to measure; see commensurate).]

com·men′su·ra·bil′i·ty n.
com·men′su·ra·bly adv.
References in classic literature ?
The reason of these discords I conceive to be that there is no commensurability between a man and any gift.
Such "rational incommensurability" is the failure of any assertion of metrical or ordinal commensurability to be true under the generally accepted rules of rationality governing practical reason.
The chief forms of beauty are order, commensurability, and precision.
This aggregation ensures administrative commensurability among municipalities (i.
Mathematically, alternative ways of comparing sets of benefits and their associated costs exist that are sensitive to important thresholds and give greater weight to benefits accruing to those who are worse off without making implausibly strong assumptions (common to most forms of CBA) about the commensurability of value.
Goethe himself has left us the most poignant declaration of the commensurability of poetry and philosophy.
Commensurability is a concept open to a wide variety of interpretations.
Nonetheless, the point of this comparison is not to make methodological claims about the commensurability of different sub-national units, but rather, to interrogate the mimetic value and practicality of the two models.
It is a central claim of this paper, however, that for Aristotle the correlating of generic effects with generic causes, and the correlating of specific effects with specific causes, is not the only way to ensure commensurability of cause and effect--and this because a cause can, according to Aristotle, be universal in either of two senses: either (i) because it is itself a universal, or (ii) because it is first in some order and therefore a cause with respect to everything else in that order.
Cultural commensurability, he suggests, provides a solid ground for the mutual respect of different cultures.
What I hope to show is not the commensurability of everything that I call, after Derrida, forms of exile, but that Cyphers, in its editorial policy--in particular in its openness to writing translated from other languages and to particular modes of imagining--has performed a powerful gesture toward a mutual recognition of the disparate types of deracination that begins to create a kind of belonging while not effacing separateness.
2) Historiography moved on again at some point in the mid-1990s from these broad generalizations regarding power relations into the realm of cultural history, to questions of first encounters and the intrinsic commensurability of the European and Asian worlds.