Is there a term which would sound more fitting in an academic or professional setting for describing a comparison between two things highlighting the similarity of the measurement/comparison process?

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    The comparison is valid; the things compared are commensurable. – Brian Donovan Jul 25 '14 at 16:40
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    >both are round fruits... There is always some category containing any two things or concepts. One might say that "apples" and "avarice" are both words. Commons sense and context should apply to the interpretation of language. Imho. – Pam Jul 25 '14 at 17:56
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    Well to me and many other people apple and oranges are "different" although they are both fruits. And in any case the meaning of the expression is pretty clear universally. Comparable respect to what ? Frankly, I don't see logical consistency in your line of reasoning. – Pam Jul 25 '14 at 19:12
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    @tchrist I find it interesting that the "apples and oranges" phrase bothers you so much. In my opinion, the similarity of the two items being juxtaposed is essential to the meaning of the statement. One might successfully argue that apples and oranges have more traits in common than they have traits to differentiate them. I believe this is the entire point of the phrase. It is very tempting to compare apples and oranges as if they were the same thing, but the differences are significant enough that any useful comparison needs to take the differences into account. – Lumberjack Jul 25 '14 at 20:55
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    @Pam - If "Apples and Avarice" was a book, I would read it cover to cover. – Joel B Jul 29 '14 at 11:00

The phrase like to like is applicable to non-fruit applications.


The phrase in comparable terms may also work.

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