[ kom-per-uh-buhl or, sometimes, kuhm-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.

Nearby words

  1. company store,
  2. company town,
  3. company union,
  4. company woman,
  5. compar.,
  6. comparable worth,
  7. comparation,
  8. comparatist,
  9. comparative,
  10. comparative advertising

Origin of comparable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin comparābilis, equivalent to comparā(re) to compare + -bilis -ble

Related forms
Can be confusedcomparable comparative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for comparable


/ (ˈkɒmpərəbəl) /


worthy of comparison
able to be compared (with)
Derived Formscomparability or comparableness, nouncomparably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for comparable



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

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