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understandable

[uhn-der-stan-duh-buh l] /ˌʌn dərˈstæn də bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being understood; comprehensible.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: orig., capable of understanding; see understand, -able
Related forms
understandability, noun
understandably, adverb
nonunderstandable, adjective
ununderstandable, adjective
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Examples from the web for understandable
  • If you are suddenly feeling confused about whether to greet middle age with open arms or dread, it is understandable.
  • They need to ensure that access to information about budgets and decision making is open to all and in understandable formats.
  • It is understandable that many who once worked at the firm feel this way.
  • The guard's reluctance to let the foreigner continue on is understandable.
  • And it is understandable why a building which has experienced unusual horror and violence to be torn down.
  • But it should be available and understandable to everybody.
  • She's a serial gadget-dropper, so her concerns are understandable.
  • The anger of the would-be public servants was understandable.
  • Yours, and the general public's fear of nuclear power is understandable given the rabid press these incidents entail.
  • Their world would be turned upside down, it's sort of understandable.
Word Origin and History for understandable
adj.

late 14c., "able to understand;" late 15c., "able to be understood," from understand + -able. Related: Understandably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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