com·​pa·​ra·​ble | \ˈkäm-p(ə-)rə-bəl also kəm-ˈpa-rə-bəl, -ˈper-ə- \

Definition of comparable 

1 : capable of or suitable for comparison The situations are not at all comparable.

2 : similar, like fabrics of comparable quality The two houses are comparable in size.

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Other Words from comparable

comparableness noun
comparably \ ˈkäm-​p(ə-​)rə-​blē also  kəm-​ˈpa-​rə-​blē, -​ˈper-​ə-​ \ adverb

Examples of comparable in a Sentence

two comparable selections that are hard to choose between

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The study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, and Harvard University, said the mental health burden is nearly comparable to the stress caused by chronic illnesses like diabetes. Tauhid Chappell,, "Some children separated at border are in Pa., police killings strain entire black communities June 22 | Morning Newsletter," 22 June 2018 The bottom of the slice should be crispy, with some serious color, and the crust should be comparable to a hard-roasted marshmallow, aggressively-cooked and crispy on the outside, but chewy and light on the inside, with plenty of air bubbles. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "What’s the Best New York Slice? I Ate at 30 Pizza Joints to Find Out," 6 June 2018 Transfer fruit filling to a 9-inch square baking pan (or something comparable), and sprinkle generously with breadstick topping. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "A Cookbook Packed With Red-Blooded Vegetarian Fare," 31 May 2018 To achieve something comparable, Martinez, a genuine new talent, will have to be more willing to leave the transcripts and the news accounts and the historians behind. Chris Jones,, "'Blind Date' is an intriguing look at the Reagan era with Deanna Dunagan as a perfect Nancy," 30 Jan. 2018 Sixty-seven percent of seniors rate their interest in the midterms at the highest level — comparable to levels of interest from older voters in the 2010 and 2014 cycles that saw Republicans regaining control of Congress. Carrie Dann, NBC News, "Inside the numbers: Election interest data shows Democrats have work to do," 11 June 2018 The report found children in the U.S. to be victims of extreme violence, with the child homicide rate comparable to Yemen, Afghanistan, North Korea and the Philippines. Laignee Barron, Time, "More Than Half the World's Children Are at Risk of Poverty, Conflict, and Gender Bias, Report Says," 31 May 2018 All three receive comparable rates on a service that lets them drop truckloads of packages at a local post office for the last leg of delivery. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "At Post Office, Amazon Isn’t the Only Big Shipper Getting Discounts," 13 Apr. 2018 To our inquiry, state education officials didn’t have a comparable attrition rate for 2016-17. W. Gardner Selby, San Antonio Express-News, "Governor’s claim that Texas ranks high in high school graduations is true," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of comparable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comparable

see compare entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of comparable

—used to say that two or more things are very similar and can be compared to each other


com·​pa·​ra·​ble | \ˈkäm-pə-rə-bəl, -prə-bəl\

Kids Definition of comparable

: being similar or about the same Every member of the group is comparable in age.

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