[ kom-pri-hen-suh-buh l ]
/ ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn sə bəl /


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

Examples from the Web for comprehensibly

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

    Browning and Dogma|Ethel M. Naish
  • Mr. Durance despised them: he called them, arguing against Mr. Radnor, 'those emotional things,' not comprehensibly to Skepsey.

British Dictionary definitions for comprehensibly


/ (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsəbəl) /


capable of being comprehended
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper