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Webster 1913 Edition


Comparable

Com′pa-ra-ble

,
Adj.
[L.
comparabilis
: cf. F.
comparable
.]
Capable of being compared; worthy of comparison.
Com′pa-ra-ble-ness
,
Noun.
Com′pa-ra-bly
,
adv.

Webster 1828 Edition


Comparable

COMPARABLE

,
Adj.
That may be compared; worthy of comparison; being of equal regard; that may be estimated as equal.
There is no blessing of life comparable to the enjoyment of a discreet and virtuous friend.
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold. Lam. 4.

Definition 2022


comparable

comparable

English

Adjective

comparable (comparative more comparable, superlative most comparable)

  1. (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.
  2. (often with to) Similar (to); like.
  3. (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.
  4. (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.

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Translations

Noun

comparable (plural comparables)

  1. 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.

Asturian

Adjective

comparable (epicene, plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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Catalan

Adjective

comparable m, f (masculine and feminine plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

comparable m, f (plural comparables)

  1. comparable (suitable to be compared)

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Galician

Alternative forms

Adjective

comparable m, f (plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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Spanish

Adjective

comparable m, f (plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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