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[uhn-der-stan-duh-buh l] /ˌʌn dərˈstæn də bəl/
capable of being understood; comprehensible.
Origin of understandable
1350-1400; Middle English: orig., capable of understanding; see understand, -able
Related forms
understandability, noun
understandably, adverb
nonunderstandable, adjective
ununderstandable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

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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