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[kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l]
  1. capable of being comprehended or understood; intelligible.
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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
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Examples from the Web for comprehensibly

Historical Examples of comprehensibly

  • Mr. Durance despised them: he called them, arguing against Mr. Radnor, 'those emotional things,' not comprehensibly to Skepsey.

    One of Our Conquerors, Complete

    George Meredith

  • Through an Incarnation alone can the purposes of Zeus in creation be fully and comprehensibly revealed to man.

    Browning and Dogma

    Ethel M. Naish

British Dictionary definitions for comprehensibly


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



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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