[kom-per-uh-buhl or, sometimes, kuhm-pair-]


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.
worthy of comparison: shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.
usable for comparison; similar: We have no comparable data on Russian farming.

Origin of comparable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin comparābilis, equivalent to comparā(re) to compare + -bilis -ble
Related formscom·pa·ra·bil·i·ty, com·pa·ra·ble·ness, nouncom·pa·ra·bly, adverbin·ter·com·pa·ra·ble, adjectiveun·com·pa·ra·ble, adjectiveun·com·pa·ra·ble·ness, nounun·com·pa·ra·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcomparable comparative

Synonyms for comparable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for uncomparable



worthy of comparison
able to be compared (with)
Derived Formscomparability or comparableness, nouncomparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncomparable

late 14c., "incomparable," from un- (1) "not" + comparable. Meaning "unable to be compared (to something else)" is from 1826. Related: Uncomparably.



early 15c., from Middle French comparable, from Latin comparabilis "capable of comparison," from comparare (see comparison). Related: Comparably; comparability.

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