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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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 More The time periods are different, but the experience seems comparable. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What to Know About Airport Security During the Government Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2019 The clinical trials provided to the FDA, including 450 INVO cycles with 132 live births, found that the procedure yielded pregnancy and birth rates comparable to traditional IVF, with a pregnancy rate of 32.4 percent and birth rate of 23.8 percent. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Their concern is finding something smaller, but comparable with similar amenities and just as affordable — which is difficult. Anchorage Daily News, "The quandary for empty nesters: When children grow up – what to do with house they leave behind?," 25 May 2018 The cost of offering a 401(k) plan can be comparable, with far greater benefits. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "No 401(k) at your job? How to get your boss to start a retirement plan," 8 Apr. 2018 Only the accident at the Fukushima reactor in Japan in 2011 was comparable. Jeremy Bernstein, WSJ, "‘Midnight in Chernobyl’ Review: The Worst-Case Scenario," 8 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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having no equal

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