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un·der·stand·a·ble

 (ŭn′dər-stăn′də-bəl)
adj.
1. Capable of being understood: an understandable sentence.
2. Expected or accepted under the circumstances: Their anger is understandable, given what happened.

un′der·stand′a·bil′i·ty n.
un′der·stand′a·bly adv.

un•der•stand•a•ble

(ˌʌn dərˈstæn də bəl)

adj.
capable of being understood; comprehensible.
[1350–1400]
un`der•stand`a•bil′i•ty, n.
un`der•stand′a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.understandable - capable of being apprehended or understoodunderstandable - capable of being apprehended or understood
comprehendible, comprehensible - capable of being comprehended or understood; "an idea comprehensible to the average mind"

understandable

understandable

adjective
Capable of being readily understood:
Translations
مَفْهُوممُمْكِن فَهْمُه
pochopitelný
forståelig
ymmärrettävä
razumljiv
skiljanlegur
理解できる
이해할 수 있는
pochopiteľný
razumljiv
förståelig
เข้าใจได้
có thể hiểu được

understandable

[ˌʌndəˈstændəbl] ADJ
1. (= comprehensible) [theory, statement] → comprensible
he writes in a simple and understandable wayescribe de una forma simple y comprensible
2. (= natural) [reaction, feeling] → comprensible
an understandable desire to do sthun deseo comprensible de hacer algo
"his car broke down and he was late for work" - "well, that's understandable"-se le averió el coche y llegó tarde al trabajo -bueno, eso es comprensible
it is understandable thatse comprende que ...
it is very understandable thatse comprende perfectamente que ...

understandable

[ˌʌndərˈstændəbəl] adj
(= natural) [reaction, concern, anger, attitude] → compréhensible
perfectly understandable → parfaitement compréhensible
it is understandable that ... → il est compréhensible que + subj ...
(= comprehensible) [language, statement, theory] → compréhensible

understandable

adj
(= intelligible)verständlich
(= reasonable, natural)verständlich, begreiflich

understandable

[ˌʌndəˈstændəbl] adjcomprensibile

understand

(andəˈstӕnd) verbpast tense, past participle ˌunderˈstood (-ˈstud)
1. to see or know the meaning of (something). I can't understand his absence; Speak slowly to foreigners so that they'll understand you.
2. to know (eg a person) thoroughly. She understands children/dogs.
3. to learn or realize (something), eg from information received. At first I didn't understand how ill she was; I understood that you were planning to leave today.
ˌunderˈstandable adjective
that can be understood. His anger is quite understandable.
ˌunderˈstanding adjective
(of a person) good at knowing how other people feel; sympathetic. an understanding person; Try to be more understanding!
noun
1. the power of thinking clearly. a man of great understanding.
2. the ability to sympathize with another person's feelings. His kindness and understanding were a great comfort to her.
3. a (state of) informal agreement. The two men have come to / reached an understanding after their disagreement.
make (oneself) understood
to make one's meaning or intentions clear. He tried speaking German to them, but couldn't make himself understood.

understandable

مَفْهُوم pochopitelný forståelig verständlich κατανοητός comprensible ymmärrettävä compréhensible razumljiv comprensibile 理解できる 이해할 수 있는 begrijpelijk forståelig zrozumiały compreensível понятный förståelig เข้าใจได้ anlaşılır có thể hiểu được 可以理解的
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