[ kom-per-uh-buhl or, sometimes, kuhm-pair- ]
See synonyms for: comparablecomparabilitycomparablenesscomparably on

  1. capable of being compared; having features in common with something else to permit or suggest comparison: He considered the Roman and British empires to be comparable.

  2. worthy of comparison: shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.

  1. usable for comparison; similar: We have no comparable data on Russian farming.

Origin of comparable

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin comparābilis, equivalent to comparā(re) “to compare ” + -bilis -ble

Other words for comparable

Other words from comparable

  • com·pa·ra·bil·i·ty [kom-per-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌkɒm pər əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, com·pa·ra·ble·ness, noun
  • com·pa·ra·bly, adverb
  • in·ter·com·pa·ra·ble, adjective
  • un·com·pa·ra·ble, adjective
  • un·com·pa·ra·ble·ness, noun

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

How to use comparable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for comparable


/ (ˈkɒmpərəbəl) /

  1. worthy of comparison

  2. able to be compared (with)

Derived forms of comparable

  • comparability or comparableness, noun
  • comparably, adverb

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