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 This complex, though comprehensible, history — a tale of deceit, cruelty, murder, lechery and geopolitical ambition — is narrated at a clear, brisk pace by Julian Elfer, who gives special pleasure in the musical grace of his Italian pronunciation. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, "The sordid tale of the Borgias and other great audiobooks for your playlist," 26 Sep. 2019 Others would prefer to have more powerful, and comprehensible, monetary policy ready for the next downturn. The Economist, "Yield-curve control could prove a useful tool in the next recession," 1 Feb. 2020 Barely comprehensible, and no better than '90s-era voodoo advice to fix Nintendo 64 cartridges by blowing on them. Ryan Meith, Wired, "Angry Nerd: YouTube Can't Help You," 21 Jan. 2020 On its surface, the recent British election may have appeared easily comprehensible to the water-cooler-and-Facebook-level observer of politics in our own country. Daniel Foster, National Review, "Fictions of the Right," 19 Dec. 2019 From this perspective, our universe looks more comprehensible than ever before. Dan Hooper, Time, "Will We Ever Find Dark Matter in the Universe?," 6 Dec. 2019 In the words that the poem isolates, calling forth their singular entities and phenomena, the world becomes at once familiar and alien to us, at once sensuous and abstract, comprehensible and incomprehensible at the same time. Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New Yorker, "The Slowness of Literature and the Shadow of Knowledge," 6 Nov. 2019 The language used to explain commercialization is often vague and not fully comprehensible by vulnerable populations. Keymanthri Moodley, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s genetic material is still being misused," 23 Dec. 2019 During those years, Modi was able to radically simplify the country’s arcane tax system and institute a comprehensible goods and services tax (albeit one that still needs to be further simplified). Ian Bremmer, Time, "I Argued That Narendra Modi Was India's Best Hope for Economic Reform. Things Have Changed," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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

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English Language Learners Definition of comprehensible

somewhat formal : able to be understood

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