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commŏdĭtas, ātis, f. [commodus].

I. Due measure, just proportion, symmetry (so very rare): commoditas et aequitas membrorum, Suet. Aug. 79.—

B. Of discourse, fitness, a suitable oratorical expression, Cic. Rosc. Am. 4, 9; id. Inv. 1, 2, 3; corresp. to commode dicere, Auct. Her. 1, 1, 1.—

II. (Acc. to commodus, II.) Easy, unrestrained, free action: corporis aliqua commoditas non naturā data, sed studio et industriā parta, i. e. dexterity, skill, Cic. Inv. 1, 25, 36.—

2. Convenience, ease: id, ob commoditatem itineris ponte sublicio... conjungi urbi placuit, Liv. 1, 33, 6.—

B. Of things, fitness, convenience, a fit occasion, advantage, benefit (class.): commoditatis omnes articulos scio, Plaut. Men. 1, 2, 31: in loco opportunitas, in occasione commoditas ad faciendum idonea (consideranda est), Cic. Inv. 2, 12, 40; id. Off. 1, 39, 138; Plaut. Poen. 4, 2, 94; Ter. And. 3, 3, 37: o Fors Fortuna, quantis commoditatibus hunc onerastis diem! id. Phorm. 5, 6, 1: plurimas et maximas commoditates amicitia continet, Cic. Lael. 7, 23; cf. id. N. D. 3, 36, 86; id. Fin. 4, 12, 29: percipere fructum aut commoditatem ex re, id. Off. 2, 4, 14: cum commoditas juvaret, Liv. 4, 60, 2.—

2. Of persons, pleasantness, complaisance, courteousness, forbearance, lenity (only ante-class. and in Ov.): vir lepidissime, Cumulate commoditate, Plaut. Mil. 4, 9, 6; Ter. Ad. 4, 5, 76: patris, Poët. ap. Cic. N. D. 3, 29, 73: viri, Ov. H. 17, 176; 16, 310.—

b. Meton. in Plaut.: commoditas mea, as a term of endearment, Plaut. Ep. 5, 1, 8; id. Men. 1, 2, 28; id. Poen. 1, 3, 12.