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)
: capable of or suitable for comparison
The situations are not at all comparable.
: similar, like
fabrics of comparable quality
The two houses are comparable in size.
comparableness noun

Examples of comparable in a Sentence

two comparable selections that are hard to choose between
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Word History


see compare entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of comparable was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Comparable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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com·​pa·​ra·​ble ˈkäm-p(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce comparable (audio)
: capable of being compared
: similar, like
cloth comparable to the best
comparably adverb

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