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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These numbers make Florence comparable to last year’s Hurricane Harvey, which stalled over the Houston area and broke the national rainfall record for a single tropical storm. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 That’s comparable to many of today’s more expensive campers (like this one or this one), but the Geographic also provides an everlasting—and priceless—dose of midcentury style. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Glamorous vintage camper is your midcentury dream home on wheels," 18 Oct. 2018 Brooklinen's classic sheet sets, for example, have climbed from a starting price of $99 to $109, which makes them comparable to another cult-favorite brand, Parachute (which also starts their sets at $109). Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's Why The Prices Of Brooklinen's Cotton Sheets Are Increasing," 4 Sep. 2018 The comparable number for obstetricians, in another example, has fallen 21%. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "EU Doctors Quit Britain as Brexit Looms," 3 Dec. 2018 The district includes parts of Tucson and rural Cochise County with a comparable number of Republican and Democratic voters who have chosen representatives from both parties. Melissa Daniels, The Seattle Times, "Kirkpatrick wins competitive Democratic primary," 28 Aug. 2018 By the Western Values Project's count, Pruitt and Zinke each face a comparable number of investigations — 16 and 10, respectively. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: With Scott Pruitt gone, green groups now turn the spotlight on Ryan Zinke," 9 July 2018 The department would grant loan forgiveness on a sliding scale based on former students' earnings compared with those of graduates of comparable programs that passed government muster. Michael Hiltzik,, "A federal court gives defrauded Corinthian College students a victory over Betsy DeVos," 29 May 2018 According to Ars Technica’s Eric Berger, who highlighted the imminent landmark, the Falcon 9 should make it to 50 launches faster than some comparable programs. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "SpaceX is Days Away From a Major Milestone for the Falcon 9 Rocket," 4 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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