[kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l]
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Also com·pre·hend·i·ble [kom-pri-hen-duh-buh l] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn də bəl/.

Origin of comprehensible

From the Latin word comprehēnsibilis, dating back to 1520–30. See comprehension, -ible
Related formscom·pre·hen·si·bil·i·ty, com·pre·hen·si·ble·ness, nouncom·pre·hen·si·bly, adverbin·ter·com·pre·hen·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·com·pre·hend·i·ble, adjectivenon·com·pre·hen·si·ble, adjectivenon·com·pre·hen·si·ble·ly, adverbun·com·pre·hen·si·ble, adjectiveun·com·pre·hen·si·ble·ness, nounun·com·pre·hen·si·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcomprehensible comprehensive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for comprehendible


  1. capable of being comprehended
Derived Formscomprehensibility or comprehensibleness, nouncomprehensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for comprehendible

1814 (rare), from comprehend + -ible; a native formation alongside 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.

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