com·​pa·​ra·​bly | \ ˈkäm-p(ə-)rə-blē How to pronounce comparably (audio) also kəm-ˈpa-rə-bəl, -ˈper-ə- \

Definition of comparably

1 : 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 comparably— Hal Nieburg
2 : 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

First Known Use of comparably

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2020

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“Comparably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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