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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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  • Religion finds a higher sphere of comprehensibility in the action of supernatural power.

  • Kant's disquisition went deeper into the question, but that of Mendelssohn had the advantage of clearness and comprehensibility.

  • The Table of Chapters has been moved to the beginning of the text for reasons of clarity and comprehensibility.

    A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci
  • No logician of the present day teaches that comprehensibility is a test of truth.

    The Theistic Conception of the World B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
  • First however I will present the examples from the poets according to their comprehensibility and their transparency.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
British Dictionary definitions for comprehensibility


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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