comparable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English comparable, from Middle French comparable, from Latin comparābilis.

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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.
    • 2022 January 12, Sir Michael Holden, “Reform of the workforce or death by a thousand cuts?”, in RAIL, number 948, page 22:
      As yet, we don't know what the comparable figures will be like for the current financial year which ends in March 2022, but we can have a good stab at approximating them.
  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 comparative and superlative forms.
    "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.

Usage notes[edit]

The pronunciation /ˈkɒmp(ə)ɹəbl̩/ is almost never used for sense 4.

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Noun[edit]

comparable (plural comparables)

  1. Something suitable for comparison.
    • 2009, January 2, “Fred A. Bernstein”, in Catskill Home Prices: How Low Will They Go?[1]:
      And the appraiser said he couldn't come up with comparables, because there hadn't been any sales nearby in several months.

Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin comparābilis.

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comparable (epicene, plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin comparābilis.

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comparable (masculine and feminine plural comparables)

  1. comparable
    Antonym: incomparable

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin comparābilis.

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comparable (plural comparables)

  1. comparable (suitable to be compared)

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Galician[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin comparābilis.

Adjective[edit]

comparable m or f (plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French comparable, from Latin comparābilis; equivalent to comparen +‎ -able.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌkɔmpaˈraːbəl/, /ˌkɔmpaˈraːblə/, /ˈkɔmpərabəl/

Adjective[edit]

comparable (Late Middle English)

  1. Of identical or similar value; comparing favourably.
  2. Comparable, commensurable; suitable for comparison.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: comparable

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin comparābilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kompaˈɾable/, [kõm.paˈɾa.β̞le]

Adjective[edit]

comparable (plural comparables)

  1. comparable
    Antonym: incomparable

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