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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkɒmp(ə)ɹəb̩l/, SAMPA: /"kQmp(@)r@b=l/ (UK), (US)
  • IPA: /kɒmˈpæɹəb̩l/, SAMPA: /kQm"p{r@b=l/ (US)
  • IPA: /kəmˈpɛɹəbl̩/, SAMPA: /k@m"pEr@b=l/ (US)

Adjective

comparable (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
comparable

Comparative
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  1. That which may be compared (to), that which is similar (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (grammar) Said of an adjective that can take the three degrees of comparison.
    "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.

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