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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
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Examples from the web for comparable
  • Animals show comparable biochemical changes in similar situations.
  • In addition, they must be comparable in overall features and performance to similar less-efficient models.
  • The company was not public a year earlier so comparable figures are not available.
  • Two-thirds of those presidents said online learning was comparable to face-to-face instruction.
  • Medicine, the effect on mortality of loneliness is comparable with that of smoking and drinking.
  • Such wetlands are comparable to rain forests and coral reefs in their biological diversity and productivity.
  • Once computers achieve a level of intelligence comparable to that of humans, they will necessarily soar past it.
  • It can often be less expensive than buying a comparable off-the-shelf item.
  • He said no comparable estimates were available for rental buildings.
  • comparable professional experience in the private or public sector may be considered.
British Dictionary definitions for comparable


worthy of comparison
able to be compared (with)
Derived Forms
comparability, comparableness, noun
comparably, adverb
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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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