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commensurable

Maths
a. having a common factor
b. having units of the same dimensions and being related by whole numbers
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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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Unlike many philosophical and literary treatises or essays, great bibliographies are less subject to changing fashions and have a commensurably longer life.
Commensurably, "the law is a rhetorical system" (77) by means of which we must persuade others, in line with a communication paradigm that posits a process of senders transmitting a message through a medium to a receiver.
In this way such a reading enhances "our understanding of the tensions between hegemony and challenges to it." (40) If memories are far more complicated than picking out the descriptive "whats" being remembered, then a study of complex identity constructions within memories should be commensurably nuanced.
Insofar as the future is a place of increasing separatism, the need for this understanding will commensurably increase.
TQM-based controls--on process variation, defects, rework, delays, and complaints--shrink the armies of inspectors and controllers, and the need for internal transactions and reports drops commensurably.
Given that tighter monetary policies are usually run in the beginning of a recession, it appears plausible to view the severity and length of a stabilisation exercise as inversely related: in the latest episode, the process of disinflation was slow because of the relatively shallow downturn in activity so that the recession had to last commensurably longer to break inflation expectations and to get inflation out of the economic system.
Another way to look at Figure 3 is that, with either type of contract, the shipbuilder is "rooting for" its material cost index to increase without, of course, the shipbuilder's actual material costs increasing commensurably.
Standard theory implies, in effect, that added complexity is always matched by commensurably more sophisticated decision strategies on part of the typical agent.
An initial (true) opinion regarding a commensurably universal state of affairs is potentially scientific knowledge of the very same state of affairs.
But in Nigeria, he said, 'we read everyday in the media of the killing of people in their tens, twenties, thirties and sometimes more, and the government and people seem not to react commensurably to the situations.
If distortions are not minimized, the Afghan population will soon come to resent the international presence, and the normal difficulties of providing basic assistance will increase commensurably.
Major public investment has been made in rail transport over the past 20 years, but the service has not improved commensurably. It is necessary to plan for a substantial increase in investments in road infrastructure (according to Mr Prud'homme, twenty times more is currently spent for rail improvement than for road improvement).