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 Still, some ends are more comprehensible than others. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021 In both shows, expert pacing makes all the legalistic complexities of the scandals in question comprehensible, while flawless casting keeps us invested. David Klion, The New Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 Eileen, her dearest friend, is a small-magazine editor in Dublin who is besotted with Simon, a saintly practicing Catholic who yearns for a commitment that, for tortured, not-quite-comprehensible reasons, Eileen cannot agree to. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 3 Sep. 2021 And the world can seem a more anarchic, less comprehensible place, said Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former French and United Nations diplomat now at Columbia University. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Alexa have gotten very good at recognizing speech, and why Google translations are finally comprehensible. Ariel Bleicher, Scientific American, 9 Aug. 2017 Shells, at one time or another, seem to have represented all of these things, and Barnett’s book buzzes with histories spanning a barely comprehensible 800 million years. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 More comprehensible to me are those that target not a group or business that merely disagrees with you, but organizations that are setting out to lie about or harm those of your own persuasion. Isaac Schorr, National Review, 6 Apr. 2021 All emerged with plans to provide users with enhanced abilities to control who can see, share and comment on their content, as well as more effective means of reporting abuse using new, more comprehensible tools. Nina Wolpow, Forbes, 5 July 2021

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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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“Comprehensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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: able to be understood

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