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

Examples of comparable in a Sentence

two comparable selections that are hard to choose between
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Germany reported the country’s highest daily increase in virus cases in a month after managing to contain its outbreak better than comparable large European nations. Ken Moritsugu,, "Pandemic becomes a patchwork of small successes and setbacks," 20 June 2020 For a facility that may operate for 20 years or more, this is comparable to the construction costs. Sabine Hossenfelder, Scientific American, "The World Doesn't Need a New, Gigantic Particle Collider," 19 June 2020 Barely 10 percent of our disposable income is dedicated to feeding ourselves, roughly half of what residents of comparable countries spend. Matt Goulding, The Atlantic, "Our Weird Restaurant Future," 19 June 2020 How the pick fits: Okoro could be the prospect to watch, as his versatile game could entice the Cavaliers with a mold that is comparable to Boston's Jaylen Brown and many of the NBA's better wing defenders. Matt Goul, cleveland, "NBA Mock Draft 2020: Where LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman could land in October," 15 June 2020 And on that note, Airbus has warned that its cuts are more likely to hit U.K. employees than those in France or Germany, if the British government does not maintain support schemes that are comparable to those in place on the continent. David Meyer, Fortune, "U.S. tech firms are pausing facial recognition, but that creates a problem," 12 June 2020 How to renegotiate your lease Survey the market to see what owners of comparable buildings are offering in terms of free rent, signing bonuses and other incentives. J.k. Dineen,, "Bay Area’s dropping rents will reshape housing market," 9 June 2020 Ryan said his family argued over what the tones are comparable to and have boiled it down to a sound similar to a train or an organ. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Here's why the Golden Gate Bridge sings in San Francisco now," 6 June 2020 Racial disparities in Covid-19 mortality in Britain, for example, are comparable to those in America. Gary Younge, The New York Review of Books, "What Black America Means to Europe," 6 June 2020

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

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25 Jun 2020

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“Comparable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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