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 alsokəm-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 Pixel comes equipped with a 5-inch, 1920x1080 Full HD AMOLED display with a retina-style image quality comparable to the best phones around. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Google's original Pixel and Pixel XL phones are discounted by hundreds of dollars now," 6 July 2018 Bluemercury's comparable sales growth is in the high double digits, Beck said, and the company wants to use technology to maintain that pace. Hema Parmar And Kim Bhasin,, "Macy's plans 60 new Bluemercury stores," 3 July 2018 The utility bag, for one, has become an object of worship comparable to women’s purses. Samuel Hine, GQ, "The Daring New Trend in Pants Is…Shorts," 2 July 2018 These converted files worked out to around 1MB per minute of audio, comparable to MP3s. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 Answer: Five countries with healthcare comparable to or better than the U.S. are Colombia, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Mexico and Panama, according to International Living, a site for living and investing abroad. Liz Weston,, "The future is bleak for charitable deductions, early retirees' healthcare costs," 1 July 2018 That same year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported a comparable number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents -- 37,461. Ann Norman,, "Gun quote 'outrageous': Sun - Letter to the Editor," 7 Mar. 2018 Target also expects fourth-quarter comparable sales growth to be about 3.4%, according to a news release. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Target's 'by the each' pricing goes bananas on social media," 22 Feb. 2018 That's the fewest of any quarterback who threw a comparable number of passes. Michael Casagrande,, "Why this Alabama QB competition will be unlike the others," 12 Jan. 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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