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ˈkɒm pər ə bəl or, sometimes, kəmˈpɛər-com·pa·ra·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comparableadjective

    able to be compared or worthy of comparison

  2. comparable, corresponding, likeadjective

    conforming in every respect

    "boxes with corresponding dimensions"; "the like period of the preceding year"


  1. comparablenoun

    Something suitable for comparison

  2. comparableadjective

    Able to be compared (to).

  3. comparableadjective

    Similar (to); like.

  4. comparableadjective

    Constituting a pair in a particular partial order.

    Six and forty-two are comparable in the divides order, but six and nine are not.

  5. comparableadjective

    Said of an adjective that can take the three degrees of comparison.

    "Big" is a comparable adjective, since it can take the forms "bigger" and "biggest"; but "unique" is not comparable, except in disputed, but common, usage.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Comparableadjective

    Worthy to be compared; of equal regard; worthy to contend for preference.

    Etymology: from To compare.

    This present world affordeth not any thing comparable unto the publick duties of religion. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 6.

    A man comparable with any of the captains of that age, an excellent soldier both by sea and land. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    There is no blessing of life comparable to the enjoyment of a discreet and virtuous friend. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 93.


  1. comparable

    Comparable refers to the ability of objects, figures, data, or elements to be evaluated or compared to each other on similar characteristics, features, or criteria. In essence, it implies that two or more things share enough common properties or attributes that allow for a fair and meaningful comparison or assessment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comparableadjective

    capable of being compared; worthy of comparison

  2. Etymology: [L. comparabilis: cf. F. comparable.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comparable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4674

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comparable' in Adjectives Frequency: #638

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comparable in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comparable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of comparable in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Sweetwood:

    With some people it’s, ‘I’ve got to have the Apple AirPods,’ but with others, we try to get down to the root of what their needs are and we try to find them a comparable product.

  2. Dariusz Blocher:

    We expect our results to stabilize at levels comparable to those from 2014, the potential to improve profitability is limited but in 2015 a slight increase is possible.

  3. Peter Jenkinson:

    At face value the opinions of IARC and EFSA appear to be contrary, but the reality is they are not directly comparable.

  4. Frans Timmermans:

    My idea would be to say to our international partners: we are making this transition to a climate neutral economy by 2050. If you make the same measures or comparable measures going in the same direction, we will make this voyage together.

  5. Carsten Nickel:

    Germany has overcome much bigger problems before, but it did so by not shying away from, at times, radical change. That, in turn, requires agency and political leadership. Schroeder ultimately lost his job over his economic reforms. It would probably be a stretch to claim that a comparable willingness for bold political leadership exists in Merkel's Berlin today.

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    (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
    • A. slur
    • B. collation
    • C. instigation
    • D. confrere

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