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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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  • Ancient people may have discovered dinosaur fossils and understandably misinterpreted them as the remains of dragons.
  • But neighbors, understandably, want to see potentially dangerous blazes stamped out as quickly as possible.
  • She is understandably thrilled to have some time to focus on long-gestating projects.
  • He is the fourth year of his program and is starting to become understandably frustrated with the process.
  • Conversations surrounding the use of animals in research are understandably truncated by emotion.
  • He and his team understandably got attached to the rovers.
  • Studies have, understandably, more looked at treatment than at systematically exploring toxic effects of pepper spray.
  • He didn't want to cover any more wars, understandably.
  • understandably, these firms have a vested interest in improved security.
  • So the actual target areas where these falling satellites can do any damage are understandably small.
Word Origin and History for understandably



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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