[ kom-pri-hen-suh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: comprehensiblecomprehensibility on

  1. capable of being comprehended or understood; intelligible.

Origin of comprehensible

From the Latin word comprehēnsibilis, dating back to 1520–30. See comprehension, -ible
  • Also com·pre·hend·i·ble [kom-pri-hen-duh-buhl]. /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn də bəl/.

Other words from comprehensible

  • com·pre·hen·si·bil·i·ty, com·pre·hen·si·ble·ness, noun
  • com·pre·hen·si·bly, adverb
  • in·ter·com·pre·hen·si·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·com·pre·hend·i·ble, adjective
  • non·com·pre·hen·si·ble, adjective
  • non·com·pre·hen·si·ble·ly, adverb
  • un·com·pre·hen·si·ble, adjective
  • un·com·pre·hen·si·ble·ness, noun
  • un·com·pre·hen·si·bly, adverb

Words that may be confused with comprehensible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use comprehensible in a sentence

  • Chummy shook his head resolutely, and made himself comprehensibly mysterious.

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

    Browning and Dogma | Ethel M. Naish
  • Quite naturally, quite comprehensibly, the great genius Priam Farll wished to pass the remainder of his career as a humble valet.

  • The next few days went strangely, and not altogether comprehensibly.

  • A teacher was appointed for me, whose instruction enabled me in a half year to speak very comprehensibly.

British Dictionary definitions for comprehensible


/ (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsəbəl) /

  1. capable of being comprehended

Derived forms of comprehensible

  • comprehensibility or comprehensibleness, noun
  • comprehensibly, adverb

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