comparable

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French comparable, from Latin comparābilis.

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AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

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

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NounEdit

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.

AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin comparābilis.

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comparable (epicene, plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin comparābilis.

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comparable (masculine and feminine plural comparables)

  1. comparable
    Antonym: incomparable

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin comparābilis.

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comparable (plural comparables)

  1. comparable (suitable to be compared)

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GalicianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin comparābilis.

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comparable m or f (plural comparables)

  1. comparable

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin comparābilis.

PronunciationEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

comparable (plural comparables)

  1. comparable
    Antonym: incomparable

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