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

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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 The system will analyze data to provide public health guidance, summarize and interpret national data for the states and the public and ensure data comparability across the country. Robert Glennon, The Conversation, "Testing sewage can give school districts, campuses and businesses a heads-up on the spread of COVID-19," 24 Nov. 2020 The researchers pulled the exam results from the Stanford Education Data Archive, which standardizes different states’ required annual exams to provide national comparability. Avery Ellfeldt, Scientific American, "Rising Temperatures Undermine Academic Success and Equity," 6 Oct. 2020 Bloomberg has used the latter in this story to ensure comparability between the U.K. and EU units. Nicholas Comfort,, "Wall Street’s Penchant for London Remains Even as Brexit Nears," 24 Sep. 2020 Second, ensure national comparability and replicability so that measures like population counts can be tested and validated just as the agricultural extension system has successfully done. Julia Lane, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs a National Data Service," 26 Aug. 2020 That choice also worked out well for comparability's sake because, while there was a huge variety of toppings at the stores, the only pizza that was consistently available everywhere was cheese. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We tried take-and-bake pizza from Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Trip and four other stores. The verdict for these Wisconsinites? Cheesy is better.," 13 Feb. 2020 With no elevation change and no traffic to get in the way, there are zero asterisks with the comparability of our results. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "In Our Testing, the Porsche Taycan's Range Nearly Equaled That of the Tesla Model S," 11 Feb. 2020 Taken together, the president’s approval rating among midterm voters stood at about 45.5 percent, excluding the voters who did not express an opinion (for comparability, measures of the president’s approval will exclude voters without an opinion). Nate Cohn, New York Times, "Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign," 19 July 2019 Adjusted to exclude certain items affecting comparability, earnings rose 13% to 62 cents a share. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Starbucks U.S. Sales Bump Up After Price Hike," 26 July 2018

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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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“Comparability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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