comparable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French comparable.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈkɒmp(ə)ɹəbl̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɒmˈpæɹəbl̩/, /kəmˈpɛɹəbl̩/

Adjective[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

comparable (plural comparables)

  1. Something suitable for comparison.

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Adjective[edit]

comparable (epicene, plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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Catalan[edit]

Adjective[edit]

comparable m, f (masculine and feminine plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

comparable (masculine and feminine, plural comparables)

  1. comparable (suitable to be compared)

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Galician[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

comparable m, f (plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

comparable m, f (plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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