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) \

Definition of comparability

: 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 Addressing that risk requires ensuring that the standards and practices used by companies and investors to identify risk need to be standardized in a way that is both robust and enables comparability between companies and industries. Felicia Jackson, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 However, actual disclosure has been limited and closer to the indicators approach discussed later with inevitable issues related to comparability. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 On the other hand, competition creates multiple standards, multiple data points and less comparability across companies. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 This includes steps by the official sector to improve the availability and comparability of granular geophysical data sets across jurisdictions, as well as the ease and robustness with which they can be aggregated. Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, Forbes, 7 July 2021 That’s contrary to what the IASB wants as carve-outs reduce the level of comparability for companies and investors across jurisdictions. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 1 July 2021 That report, conducted by IBFD, focused on comparability. Nana Ama Sarfo, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Actual cash flow is free from many of these problems of comparability across firms and consistency over time. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Investors also aren’t getting the benefits of comparability that would come with standardization. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of comparability

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Comparability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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