Definition of comprehensible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkämprəˈhensəb(ə)l/


Able to be understood; intelligible: clear and comprehensible English
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  • The writing must be comprehensible by a moderately intelligent human being.
  • Sihad had to calm down before he was able to say anything comprehensible.
  • The epistemological project feels like the pursuit of a perfectly comprehensible intellectual goal.



Pronunciation: /ˌkämprəˌhensəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • But the arguments which these two men have put together have the power of simplicity, comprehensibility, and the weight of reasonableness.
  • Its students are both native and non-native speakers of English, and its concerns are intelligibility, comprehensibility, and interpretability.
  • There's no reason you should be able to understand what these academics are saying because, for several generations, comprehensibility to outsiders has not been one of the selective criteria to which they've been subjected.


Pronunciation: /ˌkämprəˈhensəblē/
Example sentences
  • The whole thing about this song is how much mystery there is to it, how they're singing loudly and joyfully about something so personal they can't even explain it comprehensibly.
  • But they also tend to be the places where we most comprehensibly meet ourselves, where we become aware of our hang-ups, our fears, our desires, our pain.
  • It's like living in a country whose language you only half understand, when you know that what is being thought does not ever quite translate comprehensibly into what is being said.


Late 15th century: from French compréhensible or Latin comprehensibilis, from comprehens- 'seized, comprised', from the verb comprehendere (see comprehend).

Words that rhyme with comprehensible

apprehensible, defensible, distensible, extensible, ostensible, reprehensible, sensible

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Syllabification: com·pre·hen·si·ble

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