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[kom-per-uh-buh l or, sometimes, kuh m-pair-] /ˈkɒm pər ə bəl or, sometimes, kəmˈpɛər-/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin comparābilis, equivalent to comparā(re) to compare + -bilis -ble
Related forms
comparability, comparableness, noun
comparably, adverb
intercomparable, adjective
uncomparable, adjective
uncomparableness, noun
uncomparably, adverb
Can be confused
comparable, comparative.
1. like, equal, equivalent, similar. Unabridged
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  • Even tobacco and liquor were present in comparably liberal quantities.

    Gone Fishing James H. Schmitz
  • The gentry society was, therefore, a comparably stable society with little upward social mobility but with some downward mobility.

  • We cannot apprehend an object as sublime while we apprehend it as comparably, measurably, or finitely great.

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
  • Not comparably to your ladyship; you are the very Cynthia of the skies, and queen of stars.

  • Unlike the peoples of the great Asiatic and European folk-wanderings, they found no comparably developed peoples to bar their way.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
British Dictionary definitions for comparably


worthy of comparison
able to be compared (with)
Derived Forms
comparability, comparableness, noun
comparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comparably



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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