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com·pa·ra·ble

 (kŏm′pər-ə-bəl, -prə-bəl)
adj.
1. Admitting of comparison with another or others: "The satellite revolution is comparable to Gutenberg's invention of movable type" (Irvin Molotsky).
2. Similar or equivalent: pianists of comparable ability.

com′pa·ra·bil′i·ty, com′pa·ra·ble·ness n.
com′pa·ra·bly adv.
Usage Note: Usually when the suffix -able is attached to a word, the stress pattern of the original word remains the same. For example, when -able is added to manage, the stress remains on the first syllable. Compare, which is stressed on the second syllable, is a prominent exception to this pattern. Comparable is traditionally pronounced with stress on the first syllable. In our 2002 survey, 70 percent of the Usage Panel found the pronunciation in which the second syllable is stressed (kəm-pâr′ə-bəl) to be unacceptable. This pronunciation is very common, however, and would seem likely to become more acceptable because so many other words are stressed in this pattern.

comparable

(ˈkɒmpərəbəl)
adj
1. worthy of comparison
2. able to be compared (with)
ˌcomparaˈbility, ˈcomparableness n
ˈcomparably adv

com•pa•ra•ble

(ˈkɒm pər ə bəl or, sometimes, kəmˈpɛər-)

adj.
1. capable of being compared; permitting comparison: to consider the Roman and British empires comparable.
2. worthy of comparison: shops comparable to those on Fifth Avenue.
3. usable for comparison; similar: no comparable data on Russian farming.
[1375–1425; < Latin]
com`pa•ra•bil′i•ty, com′pa•ra•ble•ness, n.
com′pa•ra•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.comparable - able to be compared or worthy of comparison
equal - having the same quantity, value, or measure as another; "on equal terms"; "all men are equal before the law"
parallel - being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting; "parallel lines never converge"; "concentric circles are parallel"; "dancers in two parallel rows"
incomparable, uncomparable - such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared; "an incomparable week of rest and pleasure"; "the computer proceeds with its incomparable logic and efficiency"; "this report is incomparable with the earlier ones because of different breakdowns of the data"
2.comparable - conforming in every respect; "boxes with corresponding dimensions"; "the like period of the preceding year"
same - closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree; "curtains the same color as the walls"; "two girls of the same age"; "mother and son have the same blue eyes"; "animals of the same species"; "the same rules as before"; "two boxes having the same dimensions"; "the same day next year"

comparable

adjective
1. equal, equivalent, on a par, tantamount, a match for, proportionate, commensurate, as good as, in a class with They should be paid the same wages for work of comparable value. Farmers were meant to get an income comparable with that of townspeople.
equal different, unequal, dissimilar, incomparable, incommensurable
2. similar, related, alike, corresponding, akin, analogous, of a piece, cognate, cut from the same cloth The scoring systems used in the two studies are not directly comparable.

comparable

adjective
Possessing the same or almost the same characteristics:
Translations
مُتَشَابِهمُساوٍ، مُشابِه
srovnatelný
sammenligneligtilsvarende
vergleichbarkomparabelsteigerbar
vastaava
usporediv
összehasonlítható
sambærilegur
匹敵する
비교되는
porovnateľný
jämförbar
ที่สามารถเปรียบเทียบได้
karşılaştırılabilirkıyaslanabilirbenzer
tương đương

comparable

[ˈkɒmpərəbl] ADJcomparable
comparable to or withcomparable a or con
a comparable caseun caso análogo
they are not comparableno se los puede comparar

comparable

[ˈkɒmpərəbəl] adjcomparable
comparable to → comparable à

comparable

adjvergleichbar (with, to mit)

comparable

[ˈkɒmprəbl] adjsimile
comparable to or with → paragonabile a

compare

(kəmˈpeə) verb
1. to put (things etc) side by side in order to see to what extent they are the same or different. If you compare his work with hers you will find hers more accurate; This is a good essay compared with your last one.
2. to describe as being similar to. She compared him to a monkey.
3. to be near in standard or quality. He just can't compare with Mozart.
comparable (ˈkompərəbl) adjective
of the same kind, on the same scale etc. The houses were not at all comparable in size.
comparative (kəmˈpӕrətiv) adjective
1. judged by comparing with something else. the comparative quiet of the suburbs.
2. (of an adjective or adverb used in comparisons) between positive and superlative, as the following underlined words. a bigger book; a better man; Blacker is a comparative adjective; (also noun) What is the comparative of `bad'?
comˈparatively adverb
This house was comparatively cheap.
comparison (kəmˈpӕrisn) noun
(an act of) comparing. There's no comparison between Beethoven and pop music; Living here is cheap in comparison with London.

compare with is used to bring out similarities and differences between two things of the same type: He compared his pen with mine and decided mine was better .
compare to is used when pointing out a similarity between two different things: Stars are often compared to diamonds .

comparable

مُتَشَابِه srovnatelný sammenlignelig vergleichbar συγκρίσιμος comparable vastaava comparable usporediv paragonabile 匹敵する 비교되는 vergelijkbaar sammenliknbar porównywalny comparável сравнимый jämförbar ที่สามารถเปรียบเทียบได้ kıyaslanabilir tương đương 可比较的
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There are some of us now reaching middle age who discover themselves to be lamenting the past in one respect if in none other, that there are no books written now for children comparable with those of thirty years ago.
The poet, that beautified the sect, that was otherwise inferior to the rest, saith yet excellently well: It is a pleasure, to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea; a pleasure, to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle, and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth
They could not have been written in quite so many places as times, but they enjoyed a comparable variety of origin.
But even granting the charge in question to be true; what disordered slippery decks of a whale-ship are comparable to the unspeakable carrion of those battle-fields from which so many soldiers return to drink in all ladies' plaudits?
The brigadier-general was free to mentally confess that, of all the eccentric persons he had ever met, none was comparable to this product of the exact sciences.
Only one of its qualities was comparable to anything else: it had the warmth of a good heart; but its taste, its smell, its feel, were not to be described in words.
Upon my doing so there followed a moment of suspense only comparable to that which Madame Blanchard must have experienced when, in Paris, she was descending earthwards from a balloon.
how bitter it would be to me to know that you felt anger or shame on my account, for that would be your fall--you would become comparable at once with such as me.
In size and weight it is comparable to a large Airedale terrier.
But I remember no delights of that later time comparable to the exquisite and enduring pleasure that filled my young being when I walked with Mary in the woods; when I sailed with Mary in my boat on the lake; when I met Mary, after the cruel separation of the night, and flew into her open arms as if we had been parted for months and months together.
Though I gave them no manure, and did not hoe them all once, I hoed them unusualy well as far as I went, and was paid for it in the end, "there being in truth," as Evelyn says, "no compost or laetation whatsoever comparable to this continual motion, repastination, and turning of the mould with the spade.
That is, in truth--I am permitted to say, because there cannot be any author's vanity in all this, since I do nothing more than transcribe facts on which an exceptional documentation enables me to throw a new light--that is because, in truth, I do not know that, in the domain of reality or imagination, one can discover or recall to mind anything comparable, in its mystery, with the natural mystery of The Yellow Room.