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understandable

[uhn-der-stan-duh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being understood; comprehensible.
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Origin of understandable

1350–1400; Middle English: orig., capable of understanding; see understand, -able
Related formsun·der·stand·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·der·stand·a·bly, adverbnon·un·der·stand·a·ble, adjectiveun·un·der·stand·a·ble, adjective
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  • Some understandable bit of machinery would have been reassuring.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Gropingly he tried to marshal his facts into some understandable sequence.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • The comparison may be a homely one, but it is understandable.

  • His desire to avoid it in the midst of a campaign is understandable.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • He did not notice the Harn creature at all—which was understandable, it was well camouflaged.

    Cat and Mouse

    Ralph Williams


Word Origin and History for understandable

adj.

late 14c., "able to understand;" late 15c., "able to be understood," from understand + -able. Related: Understandably.

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