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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In some ways, AI is comparable to the classical oracle of Delphi, which left to human beings the interpretation of its cryptic messages about human destiny. The Atlantic, "The Metamorphosis," 11 July 2019 In the new paper, Emmons and his colleagues completed the diagram of the entire male and redid the female version to make sure the maps were comparable. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Worm Wiring Diagram May Help Us Understand Our Own Nervous System," 3 July 2019 With small stadiums and sparse national TV for regular-season games, little about elite-level college baseball seems comparable to Major League Baseball. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Top college baseball coaches make major-league money; at least nine at $1 million or more," 15 June 2019 Timelines aren’t certain and will shift as different capabilities evolve, the people said, adding that Airbus would start with a smaller single-aisle and work its way up to a size comparable to the A321neo, which seats as many 240 people. Benjamin Katz,, "Airbus considers making the next version of its top-selling jet an electric hybrid," 14 June 2019 At $1,700 a kilowatt, that is half the cost of a conventional turbine of equivalent capacity, and is comparable with the cost per kilowatt of industrial-scale turbines that have outputs measured in megawatts. The Economist, "An innovative approach to making electricity from the wind," 7 June 2019 The respectable preview numbers are comparable with other recent Illumination release, Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch, which earned $2.2 million on its Thursday night release and would go on to bow to $67.5 million. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Dark Phoenix' Flies to Mediocre $5M in Previews," 7 June 2019 Rendon clearly is having the best offensive season of any third baseman in the league, but Escobar’s numbers are comparable to Bryant’s. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke named an All-Star again," 30 June 2019 Company officials say ticket pricing would be comparable to Amtrak’s Acela. Kevin Rector,, "NAACP leaders back D.C.-Baltimore maglev train, pointing to 74,000 construction jobs, 1,500 permanent jobs," 28 June 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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something desired as essential

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