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commensurable

Maths
a. having a common factor
b. having units of the same dimensions and being related by whole numbers

commensurable

(kŏ-men -shŭ-ră-băl) Denoting orbital periods that are in rational proportion, i.e. in which one is a simple fraction (one-half, one-quarter, two-thirds, etc.) of the other. The condition is described as a commensurability. It is observed, for instance, between the orbital periods of planets (e.g. Neptune : Pluto is 2:3), and satellites (e.g. Io : Europa is 1:2). Commensurabilities arise from the effects of resonance.
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The conception of ordinal commensurability presented above would seem to be so broad that it can account for any commensurability that is not metrical commensurability.
In other words, according to Aristotle, commensurability of cause and effect can be ensured by correlating generic effects with generic causes, and specific effects with specific causes.
But if the breadth of the claims is the problem, then we have already seen that the commensurability principle of [section] 112, that the inventor can only claim what she teaches, (196) provides a workable limit on claim breadth that seems to obviate the need for an additional [section] 101 limit.
I call this framework "embodiment spectrum," and I stress that this spectrum is respectful of epistemological divides as well as of what we may regard as the autonomy of interpretation--its value for its own sake, regardless of its compatibility or commensurability with scientific knowledge.
In the process he imports the particularly Weberian problematic of the (in) commensurability of value spheres, asking how neo-liberalism--via, especially, economics and the state--becomes a means of political authority and a tool of governance.
The commensurability condition poses no problem in our case: the criteria are all expressed on an identical scale.
For this reason environmental advocates need to make environmental problems intelligible by increasing their commensurability with existing cultural scripts or schemas.
Further, even if language reflects the patterning that is supposed to exist between external objects (independent realities), there is no way in which we can demonstrate the commensurability of the reflection.
As Arden Rowell notes, the uneasiness with pricing apparently unquantifiable values, such as life and health, often stems from a concern about commensurability.
Business relationship alignment: on the commensurability of value capture and mutality in buyer and supplier exchange, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal 9(5): 410-420.
Drawing on workerist thought and the work of Luisa Muraro, I examined elsewhere how dismeasure, or lack of order and commensurability, defines the logic behind our contemporary organization of labor--one that has been linked to a "crisis of measurability" --and behind the related field of sexual norms and values that Italian feminists have defined as Post-Patriarchy (Marazzi 43; Righi "Origin and Dismeasure" 50-51).
For Finnegan, the Vinaya authors clearly conceived of the nuns's community as gendered female, despite its commensurability to the male community.