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comparable

[kom-per-uh-buh l or, sometimes, kuh m-pair-] /ˈkɒm pər ə bəl or, sometimes, kəmˈpɛər-/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
worthy of comparison:
shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.
3.
usable for comparison; similar:
We have no comparable data on Russian farming.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
Synonyms
1. like, equal, equivalent, similar.
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  • The only problem comes from the varying conditions in the experiments which render some data uncomparable.
British Dictionary definitions for uncomparable

comparable

/ˈkɒmpərəbəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of comparison
2.
able to be compared (with)
Derived Forms
comparability, comparableness, noun
comparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncomparable
adj.

late 14c., "incomparable," from un- (1) "not" + comparable. Meaning "unable to be compared (to something else)" is from 1826. Related: Uncomparably.

comparable

adj.

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

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