comparable

adjective

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)
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.
comparableness noun

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Example Sentences

two comparable selections that are hard to choose between
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Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near comparable

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“Comparable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comparable. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition

comparable

adjective
com·​pa·​ra·​ble ˈkäm-pə-rə-bəl How to pronounce comparable (audio)
-prə-bəl
: being similar or about the same
Every member of the group is comparable in age.

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