comparable (comparative more comparable, superlative most comparable)
- (often with to) Able to be compared (to).
- An elephant is comparable in size to a double-decker bus. You can't say that robbing a bank is like pickpocketing. The two are just not comparable.
- (often with to) Similar (to); like.
- (mathematics) Constituting a pair in a particular partial order.
- Six and forty-two are comparable in the divides order, but six and nine are not.
- (grammar) Said of an adjective that has a comparative and superlative form.
- "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.
comparable (plural comparables)
- Something suitable for comparison.
2009, January 2, “Fred A. Bernstein”, in Catskill Home Prices: How Low Will They Go?:
- And the appraiser said he couldn't come up with comparables, because there hadn't been any sales nearby in several months.
comparable m, f (masculine and feminine plural comparables)
comparable m, f (plural comparables)
- comparable (suitable to be compared)