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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: able to be compared due to having a certain amount of commonality; deserving comparison.
The experiments are so different that the results are simply not comparable.My sister's situation is comparable with mine now that we both have children.
similar words:
analogous, parallel, proportional
definition 2: nearly the same or equal in degree or quality.
The two boys are of comparable age.The meal I had here tonight is comparable to any meal I've had at one of these fancy restaurants.
alike, kindred, like, similar
different, disparate, dissimilar
similar words:
akin, analogous, approximate, cognate, corresponding, equivalent, identical, same
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adverb + (adj.)comparable directly, remotely, roughly, strictly
(adj.)comparable + adverb elsewhere
(adj.)comparable + noun achievement, adolescent, characteristic, cohort, complexity, data, disability, estimate, figure, finding, fraction, gain, gasoline, habitat, instance, length, level, magnitude, maturity, percentage, performance, period, profile, quality, rating, reduction, reliability, result, sales, sample, scope, significance, size, statistics, stature, worth  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: comparably (adv.), comparability (n.), comparableness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word comparable contains the following parts:
par1 Latin root that means equal
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable