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[uhn-der-stan-duh-buh l] /ˌʌn dərˈstæn də bəl/
capable of being understood; comprehensible.
Origin of understandable
1350-1400; Middle English: orig., capable of understanding; see understand, -able
Related forms
understandability, noun
understandably, adverb
nonunderstandable, adjective
ununderstandable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That the high honor they had visited upon him meant to their minds one thing and to his mind another thing was understandable too.

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  • Some understandable bit of machinery would have been reassuring.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • We must take care how we extend our invitation to the Church, that it be understandable to everyone.

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  • The comparison may be a homely one, but it is understandable.

  • However, properly defined, it can help us to evaluate the Fair Play settlers in some understandable context.

Word Origin and History for understandable

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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