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 That substantiation rate is roughly comparable to the 20% of complaints that were validated within NIH’s in-house research program, Lauer noted at the meeting. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 11 June 2021 For Cass County’s Whatley, Ray Roberts is comparable to his home lakes. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 10 June 2021 The vehicle classes are comparable to what standard rental car companies offer. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 That cost is comparable to previous years, according to a spokesman for the Boca Raton Police Department, although that number does not include all the city’s costs. Austen Erblat,, 7 June 2021 Cheney also compared Trump's rhetoric to that of the Chinese Communist Party, arguing that his casting doubt on the federal election system was comparable to efforts by the group to discredit American democracy. Caroline Kelly, CNN, 6 June 2021 Eyebrow threading appointments are comparable to waxing. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2021 National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy, whose role in the war was comparable to McNamara’s escaped ignominy by maintaining what was regarded as a dignified silence and was hailed for his progressive leadership of the Ford Foundation. Peter Osnos, Time, 1 June 2021 The draft picks here would be comparable to the above offers, as well. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 31 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Comparable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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