com·​pa·​ra·​bil·​i·​ty ˌkäm-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce comparability (audio)
 also  kəm-ˌpa-rə-,
-ˌper-ə- How to pronounce comparability (audio)
: the quality or state of being comparable

Examples of comparability in a Sentence

there's little comparability between the two vehicles: one's basic transportation and the other's a luxurious salon on wheels
Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, the lack of authoritative auditing or attestation standards has led to a range of service providers looking to fill the void, but these efforts lack the consistency, comparability, and reliability of existing financial auditing and attestation rules. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023 The current accounting system for supply chain emissions relies on data that often lacks accuracy, granularity, and comparability. Judith Magyar, Forbes, 17 July 2023 That’s by design, to ensure comparability over time and with other organizations. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 12 July 2023 Citi is exemplary at reporting several versions of their emissions measure, which, in turn, enables some degree of cross-bank comparability. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 Often, the quest for comparability has devolved into a checklist about company intent. Daryl Collins, Fortune, 23 June 2023 Will self-selection into the three categories and subjective applications of these definitions lead to even less comparability than before? Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Proof-of-Reserves, just recently offered as an answer for those seeking more transparency and comparability for crypto firms, has also suffered reputational damage as questions have begun to be asked about the specifics of what these engagements entail. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 With digital infrastructure, corporations and their suppliers can use digital tools that capture data in a standardized format at the point when the information is created and enable the comparability of that data across suppliers and buyers. Anastasia Volkova, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comparability was in 1843

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“Comparability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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