The effect that acetaminophen and ibuprofen have on headaches is an example of comparable.
- that can be compared
- worthy of comparison
Origin of comparableMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin comparabilis
- Admitting of comparison with another or others: “The satellite revolution is comparable to Gutenberg's invention of movable type” (Irvin Molotsky).
- Similar or equivalent: pianists of comparable ability.
- com′pa·ra·bil′i·ty, com′pa·ra·ble·ness
(comparative more comparable, superlative most comparable)
- (often with to) Able to be compared (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.
- (often with to) Similar (to); like.
- (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.
- (grammar) Said of an adjective that has a comparative and superlative form.
- "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.
- Something suitable for comparison.
From Middle French comparable.