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[kom-per-uh-buh l or, sometimes, kuh m-pair-] /ˈkɒm pər ə bəl or, sometimes, kəmˈpɛər-/
capable of being compared; having features in common with something else to permit or suggest comparison:
He considered the Roman and British empires to be comparable.
worthy of comparison:
shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.
usable for comparison; similar:
We have no comparable data on Russian farming.
Origin of comparable
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin comparābilis, equivalent to comparā(re) to compare + -bilis -ble
Related forms
comparability, comparableness, noun
comparably, adverb
intercomparable, adjective
uncomparable, adjective
uncomparableness, noun
uncomparably, adverb
Can be confused
comparable, comparative.
1. like, equal, equivalent, similar. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for comparable
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  • Each side or shell is comparable to a door, opening and shutting on a hinge.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • There is no phenomenon in the ether that is comparable with this.

    The Machinery of the Universe Amos Emerson Dolbear
  • Why is it when I know what results are expected, I get comparable results even on the first trial?

    On Handling the Data M. I. Mayfield
  • He suggests this is comparable to the "death-feint" of animals to avoid danger.

  • The enlargements of the right thumb prints were reversed, in order to make them comparable on equal terms with those of the left.

    Finger Prints Francis Galton
British Dictionary definitions for comparable


worthy of comparison
able to be compared (with)
Derived Forms
comparability, comparableness, noun
comparably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comparable

early 15c., from Middle French comparable, from Latin comparabilis "capable of comparison," from comparare (see comparison). Related: Comparably; comparability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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