[kom-per-uh-buh l or, sometimes, kuh m-pair-] /ˈkɒm pər ə bəl or, sometimes, kəmˈpɛər-/

capable of being ; having features in common with something else to permit or suggest :
He considered the Roman and British empires to be comparable.
worthy of :
shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.
usable for ; similar:
We have no comparable data on Russian farming.
worthy of comparison
able to be compared (with)

early 15c., from Middle French comparable, from Latin comparabilis “capable of comparison,” from comparare (see comparison). Related: Comparably; comparability.


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