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[kom-per-uh-buh l or, sometimes, kuh m-pair-]
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  1. 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.
  2. worthy of comparison: shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.
  3. usable for comparison; similar: We have no comparable data on Russian farming.

Origin of comparable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin comparābilis, equivalent to comparā(re) to compare + -bilis -ble
Related formscom·pa·ra·bil·i·ty, com·pa·ra·ble·ness, nouncom·pa·ra·bly, adverbin·ter·com·pa·ra·ble, adjectiveun·com·pa·ra·ble, adjectiveun·com·pa·ra·ble·ness, nounun·com·pa·ra·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcomparable comparative


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1. like, equal, equivalent, similar.
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  1. worthy of comparison
  2. able to be compared (with)
Derived Formscomparability or comparableness, nouncomparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comparable


early 15c., from Middle French comparable, from Latin comparabilis "capable of comparison," from comparare (see comparison). Related: Comparably; comparability.

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