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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.
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In spite of the magnificent harvest, never had there been, or, at least, never it seemed to him, had there been so many hindrances and so many quarrels between him and the peasants as that year, and the origin of these failures and this hostility was now perfectly comprehensible to him.
For what are the comprehensible terrors of man compared with the interlinked terrors and wonders of God
It is a grotesque misapprehension which sees in art no more than a craft comprehensible perfectly only to the craftsman: art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand.
In the second category Pierre reckoned himself and others like him, seeking and vacillating, who had not yet found in Freemasonry a straight and comprehensible path, but hoped to do so.
The objects among which her mind had moved complacently were all gone,--all the little hopes and schemes and speculations, all the pleasant little cares about her treasures which had made the world quite comprehensible to her for a quarter of a century, since she had made her first purchase of the sugar-tongs, had been suddenly snatched away from her, and she remained bewildered in this empty life.
He thought nothing of what was plain and comprehensible.
My Monkey-man's jabber multiplied in volume but grew less and less comprehensible, more and more simian.
Vague though this sounds, it was perfectly comprehensible to Muishkin, though he knew that it was but a feeble expression of his sensations.
He had only seen a wretched, suffering creature, whose state of mind was gloomy and miserable, but most comprehensible.
Even in Los Angeles, many people still cling to the belief that the mayhem that streams from the media and our personal experience is isolated, containable, manageable and, most importantly, comprehensible.
What he should have said was "disconnect," and confess from what exactly, since it seems to me that his fascination with myth, fantasy, intuition, and irrationality are more comprehensible when set against the real need to deny power to the "sordid boon" of U.
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