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  • pay should be commensurate with the time worked
  • Home prices increased without a commensurate increase in incomes.
  • The stakes were high and the risk was great; the prize therefore must have been commensurate.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • ...a large body is with more difficulty set in motion than a smaller one, and that its subsequent momentum is commensurate with this difficulty,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter

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  • That is why the salary is …. commensurate.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • He declares that theft bein’ a serious offense, the penalty should be commensurate, and sentences Jamie on the spot to another hundred lashes."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The work had to be unconnected to the operations of war, and POWs were to be given pay commensurate with their labor.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Go on writing your column, but remember its title and devote it to commensurate subjects.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The only conception that can explain the movement of the locomotive is that of a force commensurate with the movement observed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Let him be left to feel his way in the dark; let darkness commensurate with his crime hover over him; and let him feel that at every step he takes, in pursuit of the flying bondman, he is running the frightful risk of having his hot brains dashed out by an invisible agency.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • There was evidently a severe struggle in the mind of Caderousse; it was plain that the small shagreen case, which he turned over and over in his hand, did not seem to him commensurate in value to the enormous sum which fascinated his gaze.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • So White Fang could only eat his heart in bitterness and develop a hatred and malice commensurate with the ferocity and indomitability of his nature.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It struck him, as he gazed at the admirable structures and the wonderful precautions of their sagacious inmates, that even the brutes of these vast wilds were possessed of an instinct nearly commensurate with his own reason; and he could not reflect, without anxiety, on the unequal contest that he had so rashly courted.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In interviews here, my previous findings were confirmed: with the exception of those trained in professions where they can set up independent practice, they can find jobs commensurate with their education only outside the South.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • She would wait and brood, studying the details and adding to them until her power might be commensurate with her desire for revenge.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • At last they entered the inn boldly, by the till then bolted front-door, after a prolonged knocking of loudness commensurate with the importance of their standing.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Farmer, Hiatt seemed to say, should be solely engaged in the battle against those scourges, and at a level commensurate with their size.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • We have become convinced that it is better to avoid such symbolic disguisings of the truth in what we tell children and not to withhold from them a knowledge of the true state of affairs commensurate with their intellectual level.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Loss of concentration and visual focus; no appetite and a commensurate drop in weight — most significantly, spasms when there was a complete lack of motor controls.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Certainly in every public work which in it anything of gravity contains preparation should be with importance commensurate and therefore a plan was by them adopted (whether by having preconsidered or as the maturation of experience it is difficult in being said which the discrepant opinions of subsequent inquirers are not up to the present congrued to render manifest) whereby maternity was so far from all accident possibility removed that whatever care the patient in that all hardest…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …the wind, betook himself to the designated place, a narrow platform, one of six, outside of the high bulwarks and screened by the great dead-eyes and multiple columned lanyards of the shrouds and back-stays; and, in a great war-ship of that time, of dimensions commensurate with the hull’s magnitude; a tarry balcony, in short, overhanging the sea, and so secluded that one mariner of the Indomitable, a non-conformist old tar of a serious turn, made it even in daytime his private oratory.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Here it is in modern English: Objective consideration of contemporary phenomena compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • …food and protection and shelter and if she had not had to depend on his food and clothing (even if she did help to grow and weave it) to keep her alive and warm until simple justice demanded that she make what return for it he might require of her commensurate with honor she would not have become engaged to him and if she had not become engaged to him she would not have had to lie at night asking herself Why and Why and Why as she has done for forty-three years: as if she had been…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • That was commensurate with his respect for discipline.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • And his scorn had been commensurate with the falsehood of her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • His strength decreased commensurately, but not enough to incapacitate him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • The stakes were high and the risk was great; the prize therefore must have been commensurate.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • "You are granted access only to those levels and settings commensurate with your skills," he said.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • It will not be difficult to find a dedication for the money part of it commensurate with the purpose and significance of its origin.
    William Faulkner  --  Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Speech
  • It has been capitalized at a tremendous investment which must show commensurate returns; it is compelled to extend as well as to keep its markets.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Their daughter, Pearl, became commensurately more difficult to manage, her behavior marked by periods of sullen withdrawal and eruptions of anger.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He thought public officials should not only be paid, but that their salaries should be commensurate with their responsibilities and necessary expenses.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • A week, a day, an hour, were each implored, with an earnestness commensurate to the value they receive, when a whole life is compressed into their short duration.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • On a comparison of this extent with that of several countries in Europe, the practicability of rendering our system commensurate to it appears to be demonstrable.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He gave government positions to forty family members including his wife, Elena, who required forty homes and a commensurate supply of fur and jewels.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I no longer poorly compute my possible achievement by what remains to me of the month or the year; for these moments confer a sort of omnipresence and omnipotence which asks nothing of duration, but sees that the energy of the mind is commensurate with the work to be done, without time.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Mostly I sat on the porch and worked on speeches for McHenry but I gleaned from the boys what it must be like to grow into this kind of world, how commensurate to one’s expectation of what is due—the world that money makes and erect bearing and clear speech and college emblems on the beds and a sense of birthright and usable history.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • In short, one cannot help speaking about it in confusion commensurate with his confused impressions.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was thus essential to adorn the office of the President, the highest office, with commensurate "dignity and splendor."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But is not the fact an alarming proof of the danger resulting from a government which does not possess regular powers commensurate to its objects?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Not to confer in each case a degree of power commensurate to the end, would be to violate the most obvious rules of prudence and propriety, and improvidently to trust the great interests of the nation to hands which are disabled from managing them with vigor and success.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • An analysis of more than 160 episodes reveals that black contestants, in both the early and late rounds of the game, are eliminated at a rate commensurate with their trivia-answering abilities.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The only conception that can explain the movement of the peoples is that of some force commensurate with the whole movement of the peoples.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Of the same nature are these other maxims in ethics and politics, that there cannot be an effect without a cause; that the means ought to be proportioned to the end; that every power ought to be commensurate with its object; that there ought to be no limitation of a power destined to effect a purpose which is itself incapable of limitation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Though the "measures adopted to secure our country against foreign attacks," must not he renounced, the national defense must be "commensurate with our resources and the situation of our country."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The question, therefore, whether this amount of power shall be granted or not, resolves itself into another question, whether or not a government commensurate to the exigencies of the Union shall be established; or, in other words, whether the Union itself shall be preserved.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …his subversive activities were the fruit and outcome of that honorable affection; and however strange this mixture of rebellion and patriotism might seem to both cousins (accustomed as they were to equating patriotic feelings with preservation of the established order), they did have to admit in private that as things had stood back then, rebellion might very well have been commensurate with civic virtue and sober loyalty with idle unconcern about matters of public order.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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