from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Admitting of comparison with another or others: "The satellite revolution is comparable to Gutenberg's invention of movable type” ( Irvin Molotsky).
  • adj. Similar or equivalent: pianists of comparable ability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be compared (to).
  • adj. Similar (to); like.
  • adj. Constituting a pair in a particular partial order.
  • adj. Said of an adjective that has a comparative and superlative form.
  • n. Something suitable for comparison

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being compared; worthy of comparison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being compared.
  • Worthy of comparison; being of equal regard; worthy to be ranked with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. able to be compared or worthy of comparison
  • adj. conforming in every respect


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • When the late Canadian radio host Peter Gzowski had a competition to come up with a phrase comparable to “American as apple pie,” the winner was “As Canadian as possible, under the circumstances.”


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  • From the examples:

    “When the late Canadian radio host Peter Gzowski had a competition to come up with a phrase comparable to “American as apple pie,” the winner was “As Canadian as possible, under the circumstances.””

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