[kom-per-uh-buh l or, sometimes, kuh m-pair-]
- capable of being compared; having features in common with something else to permit or suggest comparison: He considered the Roman and British empires to be comparable.
- worthy of comparison: shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.
- usable for comparison; similar: We have no comparable data on Russian farming.
Origin of comparable
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1. like, equal, equivalent, similar.
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- worthy of comparison
- able to be compared (with)
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Word Origin and History for comparability
early 15c., from Middle French comparable, from Latin comparabilis "capable of comparison," from comparare (see comparison). Related: Comparably; comparability.
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