comparability

noun
com·​pa·​ra·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌkäm-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē also kəm-ˌpa-rə-, -ˌper-ə- \

Definition of comparability 

: the quality or state of being comparable

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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

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The desire for comparability prompts some of the most intensive or imaginative cleaning. Robyn Autry, The Atlantic, "How Racial Data Gets 'Cleaned' in the U.S. Census," 5 Nov. 2017 The dataset tallied 2.4 million trees from 3,000 species in an exacting fashion to ensure comparability across each forest. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "Why Do We See More Species in Tropical Forests? The Mystery May Finally Be Solved," 7 July 2017 If Chapman has comparability to Eric Chavez, then Barreto leans toward Miguel Tejada, an offensive-minded middle infielder who still needs some work on his defense. Carl Steward, The Mercury News, "A’s impressive future will be on display throughout the minor leagues," 29 Mar. 2017 First-quarter revenue increased 4.9 percent to $692.6 million, or 0.8 percent when adjusting for deals and excluding, for better comparability, the political/advocacy advertising and content licensing revenue in both periods. Etan Vlessing, Billboard, "Univision First-Quarter Earnings Drop," 11 May 2017 However, when adjusted for comparability, backing out one-time items, fund from operations were flat across the two quarters at 47 cents. baltimoresun.com, "COPT's profit swells in first quarter," 28 Apr. 2017 Christine M. McCarthy, Disney’s chief financial officer, told analysts that the division experienced a 14 percent year-on-year increase in ad sales, after adjusting for comparability. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "‘Star Wars’ Sales Propel Disney Earnings, but ESPN Slips," 9 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of comparability

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of comparability was in 1843

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