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 comprehensible (audio) , -​prē-​ \ noun
comprehensibleness \ ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce comprehensible (audio) , -​prē-​ \ noun
comprehensibly \ ˌkäm-​pri-​ˈhen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce comprehensible (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 Thomas’s imitation of wandering minds is flawless and yet entirely comprehensible. Washington Post, "‘The Performance’ unfolds over the course of a two-act play. The fact that it works is a miracle.," 23 Mar. 2021 Zuckerman considers the biographer a ruthless seducer, out to cut the artist down to comprehensible and assailable size—to displace the fiction with the real story. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Secrets Philip Roth Didn’t Keep," 22 Mar. 2021 This is a prominent pattern in origin stories and conspiracy theories of diseases, which often pathologize exotic places and allege foreign malfeasance to make a new threat seem more comprehensible and controllable. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why This Pandemic Won’t Be the Last," 5 Mar. 2021 Making a model that’s at least physically comprehensible is a big step. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Announce a Physical Warp Drive Is Now Possible. Seriously.," 4 Mar. 2021 Such scenarios are referred to as highly comprehensible, high-context environments and are the dream situations for avid language learners to encounter new words. John Alexander, Wired, "If You Can Learn Twitch-Speak, You Can Learn a Language," 12 Feb. 2021 Because the chat was filled with comprehensible English words and the emote was a direct response to the actions of the streamer. John Alexander, Wired, "If You Can Learn Twitch-Speak, You Can Learn a Language," 12 Feb. 2021 First of all, a shout-out to Planet Money, which served up a fairly comprehensible beat-by-beat accounting of what happened on r/wallstreetbets in the weeks leading up to the Wednesday when the whole circus hit the headlines. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "8 Great Podcasts on the GameStop Saga," 5 Jan. 2021 Nothing in those four seasons — not even a Super Bowl defeat that was ugly, but comprehensible — was as discouraging as inexplicably losing at SoFi Stadium on extra rest to a depleted 0-13 opponent with the worst offense in the league. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks free live stream (12/27/20): How to watch, TV options, live updates, odds," 27 Dec. 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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4 Apr 2021

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“Comprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of comprehensible

somewhat formal : able to be understood

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