com·pre·hen·si·ble | \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl, -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, -prē- \ noun
comprehensibleness \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-bəl-nəs, -prē- \ noun
comprehensibly \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-sə-blē, -prē- \ adverb

Examples of comprehensible in a Sentence

a book that makes the subject of longitude comprehensible to most laymen

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Why aren’t colleges sending out more comprehensible letters? Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Confusing Information Colleges Provide Students About Financial Aid," 6 June 2018 Some of the posters are easily comprehensible, but others need a little explanation. New York Times, "Printing a Revolution: The Posters of Paris ’68," 4 May 2018 People misunderstand that vegan patties and hot dogs are branded like that to be comprehensible as a product. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 This season the designer eschewed the buzz of instantly comprehensible graphics or silhouettes for a palette pulled from Yves Saint Laurent. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Spring 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 27 June 2018 There is a schism among metal singers over whether to enunciate well enough to make lyrics comprehensible. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Screeching in a Metal Band Takes Lozenges, Tea and a Patient Vocal Coach," 18 May 2018 But China is perhaps too distant, both geographically and culturally, to serve as a readily comprehensible antagonist. Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018 This is another of the main purposes of poetry: to make experience visible if not comprehensible or less painful. Craig Morgan Teicher,, "Poet Li-Young Lee articulates life’s interminable uncertainties," 30 Mar. 2018 If Trump had chosen to violate that norm and fire Comey (or ask him to resign) during the lame-duck period, that would have been a controversial move but at least a comprehensible one. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The simplest, most important question the Trump administration can’t answer," 4 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of comprehensible

: able to be understood

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