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Readily comprehended or understood; intelligible.

[Latin comprehēnsibilis, from comprehēnsus, past participle of comprehendere, to comprehend; see comprehend.]

com′pre·hen′si·bil′i·ty n.
com′pre·hen′si·bly adv.


capable of being comprehended
ˌcompreˌhensiˈbility, ˌcompreˈhensibleness n
ˌcompreˈhensibly adv


(ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn sə bəl)

capable of being comprehended; intelligible.
[1520–30; < Latin]
com`pre•hen`si•bil′i•ty, com`pre•hen′si•ble•ness, n.
com`pre•hen′si•bly, adv.


1. 'comprehensible'

If something is comprehensible, you can understand it.

The object is to make our research readable and comprehensible.
...language comprehensible only to the legal mind.
2. 'comprehensive'

If something is comprehensive, it is complete and includes everything that is important.

...a comprehensive list of all the items in stock.
Linda received comprehensive training after joining the firm.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.comprehensible - capable of being comprehended or understood; "an idea comprehensible to the average mind"
clear - readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"
explicable - capable of being explicated or accounted for; "explicable behavior"
intelligible - well articulated or enunciated, and loud enough to be heard distinctly; "intelligible pronunciation"
uncomprehensible, incomprehensible - difficult to understand; "the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible"- A. Einstein


adjective understandable, clear, plain, explicit, coherent, user-friendly, intelligible, graspable He spoke abruptly, in barely comprehensible Arabic.


Capable of being readily understood:
قابِل للفَهْم


[ˌkɒmprɪˈhensəbl] ADJcomprensible


[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪbəl] adj (= understandable) → compréhensible


adjverständlich; the graffiti is not comprehensibledas Graffito ist nicht verständlich or zu verstehen


[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsəbl] adjcomprensibile


(kompriˈhend) verb
1. to understand.
2. to include.
ˌcompreˈhensible adjective
capable of being understood.
ˌcompreˈhension (-ʃən) noun
the act or power of understanding. After reading the passage the teacher asked questions to test the children's comprehension.
ˈcompreˈhensive (-siv) adjective
including many things. The school curriculum is very comprehensive.
ˌcompreˈhensively adverb
ˌcompreˈhensiveness noun
comprehensive school
one that provides education for children of all abilities.
References in classic literature ?
For what are the comprehensible terrors of man compared with the interlinked terrors and wonders of God
YOU can permit it an you are minded so to do, for you have the delegated authority, but that the king should do it were a most strange madness and not comprehensible to any.
Richard, they caused an easily comprehensible amazement to the spectators of this very natural but quite inexplicable scene when M.
He thought nothing of what was plain and comprehensible.
The attention which we have been obliged to give, during the commencement of the chapter, to the illustrious personages we have introduced into it, has diverted us for an instant from him to whom Anne of Austria owed the extraordinary triumph she had obtained over the cardinal; and who, confounded, unknown, lost in the crowd gathered at one of the doors, looked on at this scene, comprehensible only to four persons--the king, the queen, his Eminence, and himself.
They associated in her mind, the parrot becoming sanctified through the neighbourhood of the Holy Ghost, and the latter becoming more lifelike in her eyes, and more comprehensible.
To observe attentively is to remember distinctly; and, so far, the concentrative chess-player will do very well at whist; while the rules of Hoyle (themselves based upon the mere mechanism of the game) are sufficiently and generally comprehensible.
The result, in the form in which he in all humility presented it, would be scarcely comprehensible to the reader, so that I have ventured to trim and sift it.
They were all real and true - solidly planted upon the feet - perfectly comprehensible - clay of his clay, neither more nor less.
You have only knowledge enough of the language to translate at sight these inverted, transposed, curtailed Italian lines, into clear, comprehensible, elegant English.
Or evaporation might preserve an equilibrium," remarked Challenger, and the two learned men wandered off into one of their usual scientific arguments, which were as comprehensible as Chinese to the layman.
They preferred those about peasant life, because of the descriptions of scenery and the pleasanter sentiments, though in general they liked novels about people in society, whose motives and habits were more comprehensible, spoke severely of Dickens, who "had never drawn a gentleman," and considered Thackeray less at home in the great world than Bulwer--who, however, was beginning to be thought old-fashioned.