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[kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn sə bəl/
capable of being comprehended or understood; intelligible.
Also, comprehendible
[kom-pri-hen-duh-buh l] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn də bəl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of comprehensible
1520-30; < Latin comprehēnsibilis. See comprehension, -ible
Related forms
comprehensibility, comprehensibleness, noun
comprehensibly, adverb
intercomprehensibility, noun
noncomprehendible, adjective
noncomprehensible, adjective
noncomprehensiblely, adverb
uncomprehensible, adjective
uncomprehensibleness, noun
uncomprehensibly, adverb
Can be confused
comprehensible, comprehensive. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for comprehendible


capable of being comprehended
Derived Forms
comprehensibility, comprehensibleness, noun
comprehensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comprehendible

1814 (rare), from comprehend + -ible; a native formation alongside comprehensible.



1520s, "able to be contained," from Latin comprehensibilis, from comprehensus, past participle of comphrehendere (see comprehend). Meaning "able to be understood" is from c.1600. Related: Comprehensibly; comprehensibility.

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