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[kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn sə bəl/
capable of being comprehended or understood; intelligible.
Also, comprehendible
[kom-pri-hen-duh-buh l] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn də bəl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of comprehensible
From the Latin word comprehēnsibilis, dating back to 1520-30. See comprehension, -ible
Related forms
comprehensibility, comprehensibleness, noun
comprehensibly, adverb
intercomprehensibility, noun
noncomprehendible, adjective
noncomprehensible, adjective
noncomprehensiblely, adverb
uncomprehensible, adjective
uncomprehensibleness, noun
uncomprehensibly, adverb
Can be confused
comprehensible, comprehensive. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for comprehensible
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  • Surely it is only the “baby-talk” of the wisdom not yet comprehensible to human hearts!

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • That order of feeling was comprehensible enough to the most inimical of my critics.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • This book is written in terms that are comprehensible to the layman.

  • To even such genuine modesty as Jim-Ed's this was comprehensible.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • All these feelings on the part of the assimilation Jews are comprehensible.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
British Dictionary definitions for comprehensible


capable of being comprehended
Derived Forms
comprehensibility, comprehensibleness, noun
comprehensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comprehensible

1520s, "able to be contained," from Latin comprehensibilis, from comprehensus, past participle of comphrehendere (see comprehend). Meaning "able to be understood" is from c.1600. Related: Comprehensibly; comprehensibility.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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