Comparable vs. Similar

Comparable vs. Similar — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Comparable and Similar

Comparableadjective

(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.

Similaradjective

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

Comparableadjective

(often with to) Similar (to); like.

Similaradjective

(mathematics) Of geometrical figures including triangles, squares, ellipses, arcs and more complex figures, having the same shape but possibly different size, rotational orientation, and position; in particular, having corresponding angles equal and corresponding line segments proportional; such that one can be had from the other using a sequence of rotations, translations and scalings.

Comparableadjective

(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.

Similarnoun

That which is similar to, or resembles, something else, as in quality, form, etc.

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Comparableadjective

(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.

Similarnoun

(homeopathy) A material that produces an effect that resembles the symptoms of a particular disease.

Comparablenoun

Something suitable for comparison.

Similaradjective

marked by correspondence or resemblance;

similar food at similar pricesproblems similar to minethey wore similar coats

Comparableadjective

able to be compared or worthy of comparison

Similaradjective

having the same or similar characteristics;

all politicians are alikethey looked utterly alikefriends are generaly alike in background and taste
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Comparableadjective

conforming in every respect;

boxes with corresponding dimensionsthe like period of the preceding year

Similaradjective

resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination;

suits of like designa limited circle of like mindsmembers of the cat family have like dispositionsas like as two peas in a poddoglike devotiona dreamlike quality

Similaradjective

(of words) expressing closely related meanings

Similaradjective

capable of replacing or changing places with something else;

interchangeable parts