Definition of comparable in English:

comparable

adjective

  • 1Able to be likened to another; similar.

    ‘the situation in Holland is comparable to that in England’
    • ‘Indeed, it claims that the physical energy gained by sleeping is comparable to that gained by eating an apple.’
    • ‘Most bands these days end up being an experience comparable to chewing on a lemon.’
    • ‘Such silk fibre was comparable to an iron fibre of the same measure, Dr. Sebastian said.’
    • ‘Why religious affiliation should be comparable to ethnic origin escapes me, however.’
    • ‘Prices are not yet finalised, but should be comparable to existing cars and will be announced next month.’
    • ‘The population of Seattle has stayed around half a million, broadly comparable to that of Glasgow.’
    • ‘When the capacitor discharges those volts, it delivers an amperage comparable to stun guns.’
    • ‘The amount of books she sells in a year is comparable to how many people read a semi-decent blog in a good week.’
    • ‘Is this going to be comparable to the previous three oil shocks, or worse, or easier?’
    • ‘The basic pay rates of staff in private prisons are comparable to publicly paid prison officers.’
    • ‘They have the further advantage of being comparable to the Home Office data.’
    • ‘The number of cameras in Bolton is comparable to other boroughs in Greater Manchester of a similar size.’
    • ‘The steering provides feel comparable to running your fingers over the road.’
    • ‘One, hitting analysis is not comparable to the analysis needed in a contact sport.’
    • ‘The weather at last constant, fixed in purpose and content, comparable to a summer's day.’
    • ‘The ratio of domestic to international air traffic in China is comparable to the US.’
    • ‘Equally, saving a life that will exist in the future seems morally comparable to creating a future life.’
    • ‘His record in work that is comparable to what's on offer here is decidedly more mixed.’
    • ‘It was a large wooden fort comparable to Disney's Magic Castle of today.’
    • ‘Neither of these are comparable to fake medicines in terms of the harm they can do.’
    similar, close, near, approximate, akin, equivalent, corresponding, commensurate, proportional, proportionate, parallel, analogous, related
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    1. 1.1 Of equivalent quality; worthy of comparison.
      ‘nobody is comparable with this athlete’
      • ‘Despite this, the team was able to produce an image with sharpness comparable to that of Hubble's.’
      • ‘The best of their wines are serious and comparable in quality to those from good wine-makers in Baden.’
      • ‘I was expecting quality comparable with a DVD or Sky Digital, which we had in the UK.’
      • ‘Being the third or fourth user of the system is not comparable to being the first user.’
      • ‘His achievements are certainly comparable to those of the greatest figures in history.’
      • ‘Had his team possessed a striker of comparable qualities, the tournament would have been theirs.’
      • ‘The best produces distinguished wine, comparable to that of the Rheingau.’
      • ‘She was comparable with HMS Invincible in firepower and speed but had superior protection.’
      • ‘Ben yelled as he brought down the sword with force comparable to that of a minor cyclone.’
      • ‘It is not classed as a beauty therapy, nor is it comparable to Indian head massage.’
      • ‘He knows his experience is not comparable to Shackleton's feat of endurance.’
      • ‘They act as a safety net, comparable with the safety net of a trapeze artist.’
      • ‘The experiences I have described are in no way comparable to what we have to contend with in London.’
      • ‘It is an action movie with stunts comparable with the best in the martial arts genre.’
      • ‘Bad mistake, comparable with that of the citizens of Troy who thought they were getting that horse as a bargain too.’
      • ‘The team now aim to improve the quality of the tissue grown in the lab, to make it more comparable with that of a young animal.’
      • ‘His tone was brilliant and the interpretation comparable to the best performances known.’
      • ‘The course is in top class condition and comparable to any golf club in the country.’
      • ‘A good bag of fish that was comparable with past weights but the composition of the catch was completely different.’
      • ‘Beware of the hype because no matter what you hear, no hand-held is comparable to a laptop.’
      as good as, equal to, in the same class as, in the same league as, of the same standard as, able to hold a candle to, on a par with, on a level with, on an equal footing with
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Usage

Although the correct pronunciation in standard English is with the stress on the first syllable rather than the second (comparable), an alternative pronunciation with the stress on the second syllable (com parable) is gaining in currency

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin comparabilis, from the verb comparare (see compare).

Pronunciation

comparable

/ˈkɒmp(ə)rəb(ə)l/