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commensurate (adj) equal in size, quality, quantity, etc.; proportionate (of salary, reward, etc.).

When the reward matches the effort, the reward is commensurate with the effort. That is, the more is your effort, the greater is the reward. You are disappointed, if you feel that the salary you are paid is not commensurate with the nature of your duties, your qualifications and experience. That is, you are unhappy because you feel you are not paid properly or in proportion to the strain you undergo. The scores a student gets are commensurate with their performance in the exam. That is, if their performance is good, the score is high; if their performance is bad, the score is bad too. 'Haven't you heard, as you sow, so you reap?' What you reap is commensurate with what you sow.

  • The appreciation that John Keats, the famous poet, got for his early poems in their reviews was not at all commensurate with the excellence of his poetry. It deserved a lot more praise, but the critics were too harsh.
  • Though in the interview, the company promised him a salary commensurate with his experience and qualifications, they actually paid him much less than what he deserved.
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