[kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l]


capable of being comprehended or understood; intelligible.

Nearby words

  1. compound-wound,
  2. compounded,
  3. comprador,
  4. comprehend,
  5. comprehendible,
  6. comprehension,
  7. comprehensive,
  8. comprehensive school,
  9. comprehensively,
  10. compress

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 forms
Can be confusedcomprehensible comprehensive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for comprehensibility



capable of being comprehended
Derived Formscomprehensibility or comprehensibleness, nouncomprehensibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for comprehensibility



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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