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

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 How to pronounce comparably (audio) 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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Emily’s List has been a fundraising powerhouse for women on the left, while women on the right don’t yet have any organizations that are quite as comparable. Li Zhou, Vox, "12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics," 6 Nov. 2018 The Airbus breakdown is not directly comparable because the European jetmaker uses different size categories in its forecast. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing predicts strong growth in world’s airplane fleet, looking past near-term uncertainties," 16 July 2018 His record with retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy is comparable on gun control, environmental regulation, corporate liability and executive power. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: May the odds be ever in your favor," 10 July 2018 Dimension-wise, the R1T is most directly comparable to the new Ford Ranger or the newest Toyota Tacoma, though there are differences. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers," 26 Nov. 2018 Starting at at $120, Upton's belts are made in the USA, made to order, monogrammable, and comparable to high-end designer ones on the market that sport a much higher price tag. Amy Hou, Glamour, "My Husband and I Argue Over Who Gets to Wear This Upton Belt," 1 Oct. 2018 The second, which was released a few days later, spoofed a Soviet children’s show comparable to Barney & Friends or Sesame Street. Vogue, "Meet Alyona Alyona, Ukraine’s Most Unlikely Rap Star," 11 Apr. 2019 Again, Epic announced yesterday that Exodus sold 2.5 times as many copies in its first few weeks on the Epic Games Store as predecessor Last Light did in a comparable period in 2013. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The Epic Games Store won't always push for exclusives 'at this scale'," 21 Mar. 2019 The mask also contains sodium hyaluronate: an ingredient comparable to hyaluronic acid, but that your skin can absorb easier. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This $15 Overnight Face Mask Is Saving My Dry Skin This Winter," 15 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce comparable (audio) , -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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