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 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 Engineers attempted to make internet memes comprehensible to the visually impaired. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 20 Jan. 2020 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

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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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3 Apr 2020

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“Comprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comprehensible

somewhat formal : able to be understood

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