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

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The movie was his show from start to finish, with Philippe hiring Driss for a readily comprehensible reason—the latter’s total absence of pity. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Upside’ Review: Uplift on Demand," 10 Jan. 2019 Photo: John Sleezer/Zuma Press The way the Chargers have embraced hitting the road, normally the worst part of the NFL playoffs for lower seeds, is the most comprehensible aspect of a team that is doing something inexplicable. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Team With Road-Field Advantage," 10 Jan. 2019 The result is a photo whose size is barely comprehensible. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Every Dot in This Picture Is a Galaxy," 17 July 2018 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

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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

somewhat formal : able to be understood

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