com·​pa·​ra·​bly ˈkäm-p(ə-)rə-blē How to pronounce comparably (audio)
 also  kəm-ˈpa-rə-bəl,
: in a comparable or similar way
The Great Recession ended in the summer of 2009. Since then, the U.S. economy has been growing, but most incomes have not grown comparably.David Frum
Other laptops in the same class were priced comparablyHal Nieburg
: by comparison : in relation to what is being compared
… even the largest crowds, during the afternoon rush, were comparably smaller than a year before.Faiz Sidddiqui

Examples of comparably in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They’re comparably priced, but the bowl at Bafang was a bit more generous and had more spice, as well as a couple of fat chunks of tender radish. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 The project will employ optical or infrared light, as their relatively short wavelengths only require comparably small relays. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Oct. 2023 Although the new material is made using one of the rarest elements on Earth, the researchers suggest counterparts made from more abundant materials may be discovered that operate comparably fast. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Nov. 2023 In the exhibition’s Dolores Huerta portrait, a 1974 photograph by Rudy Rodriguez, the advocate of migrant farmworkers is comparably spirited. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Nov. 2023 The colors across the two books were very subtly different and leaning on the warmer side, but were still crisp and comparably accurate to the source files. Valerie Walsh,, 1 Nov. 2023 But a look at early state polls shows that their campaigns have been performing comparably. Alex Tabet, NBC News, 5 Oct. 2023 Her teachers are also well paid, supported by a Pentagon budget that allocates $3 billion to its schools each year, far more than comparably sized school districts. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 Shiny pop stars on promotional posters displayed various jars and bottles while smirking down at the customers, all of whom had comparably clear, plump, dewy skin. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of comparably was in 1565

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“Comparably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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