com·​pre·​hen·​si·​ble | \ ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce comprehensible (audio) , -prē- \

Definition of comprehensible

: capable of being comprehended : intelligible a comprehensible explanation

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Other Words from comprehensible

comprehensibility \ ˌkäm-​pri-​ˌhen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce comprehensibility (audio) , -​prē-​ \ noun
comprehensibleness \ ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce comprehensibleness (audio) , -​prē-​ \ noun
comprehensibly \ ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce comprehensibly (audio) , -​prē-​ \ adverb

Examples of comprehensible in a Sentence

a book that makes the subject of longitude comprehensible to most laymen
Recent Examples on the Web Male homosexuality has always seemed so totally comprehensible to me. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 Many middle Americans find these press conferences more comprehensible than Gov. Cuomo’s. Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: The coronavirus toll on art, theater and TV," 17 Apr. 2020 The essays establish the equal importance of his radical experiments in sound and his treatment of dialogue—or, more precisely, his transmutation of dialogue into a multilingual, semi-comprehensible musique concrète. Geoffrey O’brien, Harper's Magazine, "Constant Delighted Astonishment," 27 Apr. 2020 And within it, the number of melodies is in a more comprehensible part of finitude. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "What’s the Point of Writing Every Possible Melody?," 26 Feb. 2020 And the language at times — many times — was so dense, technical and jargon-filled that Clark often stopped to translate it into something comprehensible. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicaid Abruptly Canceled Her Health Insurance. Then Came the Coronavirus.," 25 Mar. 2020 Everyone’s point of view is comprehensible, if not necessarily sympathetic. Judy Berman, Time, "The Plot Against America," 13 Mar. 2020 The debate over the 1970s debate over the ERA is comprehensible only in the context of the federal judiciary’s growing power during the decades preceding it. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The ERA Is a Zombie Amendment," 20 Feb. 2020 In his lectures, Dr. Leder was known for his humor and for a clarity of presentation that made his subject comprehensible to newcomers and experts alike. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Philip Leder, medical researcher who explored genetic links to cancer, dies at 85," 15 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of comprehensible

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comprehensible

see comprehend

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The first known use of comprehensible was in 1598

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15 May 2020

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“Comprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comprehensible

somewhat formal : able to be understood

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