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understandable

[uhn-der-stan-duh-buh l] /ˌʌn dərˈstæn də bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being understood; comprehensible.
Origin of understandable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: orig., capable of understanding; see understand, -able
Related forms
understandability, noun
understandably, adverb
nonunderstandable, adjective
ununderstandable, adjective
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  • Gropingly he tried to marshal his facts into some understandable sequence.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • Some understandable bit of machinery would have been reassuring.

    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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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