• (British) IPA: /ˈkɒmp(ə)ɹəbl̩/, /kəmˈpæɹəbl̩/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑmp(ə)ɹəbl̩/, /kəmˈpæɹəbl̩/
  • (America, Mary-marry-merry) IPA: /kəmˈpɛɹəbl̩/


  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.
Related terms Translations Noun

comparable (plural comparables)

  1. Something suitable for comparison.

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