[kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l]


capable of being comprehended or understood; intelligible.

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

Examples from the Web for comprehensible

Contemporary Examples of comprehensible

Historical Examples of comprehensible

  • Surely it is only the “baby-talk” of the wisdom not yet comprehensible to human hearts!

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • That order of feeling was comprehensible enough to the most inimical of my critics.

    Some Reminiscences

    Joseph Conrad

  • This book is written in terms that are comprehensible to the layman.

  • To even such genuine modesty as Jim-Ed's this was comprehensible.

    Earth's Enigmas

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • All these feelings on the part of the assimilation Jews are comprehensible.

British Dictionary definitions for comprehensible



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