Definition of comparable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkämp(ə)rəb(ə)l/


1(Of a person or thing) able to be likened to another; similar: flaked stone and bone tools comparable to Neanderthal man’s tools
More example sentences
  • Why religious affiliation should be comparable to ethnic origin escapes me, however.
  • His record in work that is comparable to what's on offer here is decidedly more mixed.
  • It was a large wooden fort comparable to Disney's Magic Castle of today.
similar, close, near, approximate, akin, equivalent, commensurate, proportional, proportionate;
like, matching, homologous
1.1Of equivalent quality; worthy of comparison: nobody is comparable with this athlete
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  • I was expecting quality comparable with a DVD or Sky Digital, which we had in the UK.
  • Bad mistake, comparable with that of the citizens of Troy who thought they were getting that horse as a bargain too.
  • The team now aim to improve the quality of the tissue grown in the lab, to make it more comparable with that of a young animal.
equal to, as good as, in the same league as, able to hold a candle to, on a par with, on a level with;
a match for


The correct pronunciation in standard English is with the stress on the first syllable rather than the second: comparable, not comparable.



Pronunciation: /ˌkämp(ə)rəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • It was of special importance that staff in each section be counted in a uniform manner to ensure comparability of results.
  • If more than one person is to carry out the fieldwork, in order to ensure a modicum of comparability of interviewing style, it is likely that semi-structured interviewing will be preferred.
  • It also wants transparency and comparability on prices with all service providers required to publish average monthly cost to low, medium and high-end users.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin comparabilis, from the verb comparare (see compare).

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Syllabification: com·pa·ra·ble

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