1) ADJ: oft ADJ to/with n Something that is comparable to something else is roughly similar, for example in amount or importance.

...paying the same wages to men and women for work of comparable value...

Farmers were meant to get an income comparable to that of townspeople...

The risk it poses is comparable with smoking just one cigarette every year.

Derived words:
comparably [[t]kɒ̱mpərəbli[/t]] ADV ADV adj/-ed assess a number of comparably qualified students.

comparability [[t]kɒ̱mpərəbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

The rises are the result of a comparability study.

2) ADJ If two or more things are comparable, they are of the same kind or are in the same situation, and so they can reasonably be compared.

In other comparable countries real wages increased much more rapidly...

By contrast, the comparable figure for the Netherlands is 16 per cent...

Published rates are not always directly comparable.

Derived words:
comparability N-UNCOUNT

The result is a lack of comparability between the accounts of similar companies.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • comparable — [ kɔ̃parabl ] adj. • fin XIIe; lat. comparabilis 1 ♦ Qui peut être comparé avec qqn ou avec qqch. grâce à des traits communs. ⇒ analogue, approchant, assimilable. Personnes, choses comparables entre elles. Loc. prov. Il faut comparer ce qui est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • comparable — COMPARABLE. adj. des 2 g. Qui se peut comparer, qui peut être mis en comparaison. Un homme comparable aux plus grands hommes de l antiquité. Y a t il rien de comparable à cela? [b]f♛/b] On dit qu Une chose n est pas comparable avec une autre,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • comparable — Comparable. adj. de tout genre. Qui se peut comparer avec quelque autre personne ou quelque autre chose. Il est comparable à tous les grands hommes de l antiquité. y a t il rien de comparable à cela? les plaisirs, ou les biens de ce monde ne sont …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Comparable — Com pa*ra*ble, a. [L. comparabilis: cf. F. comparable.] Capable of being compared; worthy of comparison. [1913 Webster] There is no blessing of life comparable to the enjoyment of a discreet and virtuous friend. Addison. {Com pa*ra*ble*ness}, n.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comparable — adjetivo 1. Que puede compararse con otra persona o cosa: Tu situación es comparable a la mía. A pesar de todo, no es comparable con lo que yo he pasado. Sinónimo: equiparable. Antónimo: incomparable …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • comparable — I (capable of comparison) adjective akin, alike, analagous, analogical, approximate, associated, close, cognate, commensurable, comparabilis, congeneric, correlative, homogeneous, homologous, kindred, like, much the same, parallel, related,… …   Law dictionary

  • comparable — early 15c., from M.Fr. comparable, from L. comparabilis capable of comparison, from comparare (see COMPARISON (Cf. comparison)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • comparable — is pronounced with main stress on the first syllable. Its uses with to and with correspond to the meanings given at compare, with a marked preference in current usage for to: • This heroin is comparable in quality to that being sniffed by U.S.… …   Modern English usage

  • comparable — [adj1] worthy of comparison a match for, as good as, commensurable, commensurate, equal, equipollent, equipotential, equivalent, in a class with, on a par, proportionate, tantamount; concept 566 Ant. incomparable, unequal, unworthy comparable… …   New thesaurus

  • Comparable — may refer to: Comparability, in mathematics Comparative, in grammar, a word that denotes the degree by which an entity has a property greater or less in extent than another This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title.… …   Wikipedia

  • comparable — *like, alike, similar, analogous, akin, parallel, uniform, identical Antonyms: disparate Contrasted words: *different, divergent, diverse, various …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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