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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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  • The vivid illustrations, pictures, and graphics throughout the book make the information even more accessible and comprehensible.
  • Yet the statement was instantly and fluently comprehensible.
  • Editors at some journals do extensive editing to ensure their papers are comprehensible and nothing important has been missed.
  • Then there's the question of how to make the message itself comprehensible.
  • Understand that it takes a certain talent to make the subtleties and nuances of academe comprehensible for the average donor.
  • Its detail and human scale are both comprehensible and comforting.
  • Far better to show a smaller portion of the work at a comprehensible pace.
  • Instead, it was devolving into a technical discipline that was even less comprehensible than it was relevant.
  • It was important to me that a book that was mainly about a tragedy on a tremendous scale be comprehensible.
  • Less certain is whether all that coverage will be comprehensible.
British Dictionary definitions for comprehensible


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