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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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As long as our theories of contemporary world literature continue to rely on conceptions of modernity and modernism, that, if not drawn directly from European models, are through criticism made commensurable with them, world literature will flatter the position of a particular reader.
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Basic requirements for the use of methods such as expert groups, representative focus groups or deliberative approaches--besides biophysical and economic valuation--should be standardised to allow for commensurable outcomes as a prerequisite for further application and integration into planning processes.
First of all, incompatibility and incommensurability should be distinguished, because A and B could be empirically or logically incompatible and still commensurable if they can be ranked.
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Laden comes to stand for and be commensurable with both wickedness and