Use comparable to describe two things that are alike. If you are offered two jobs with comparable salaries, you might take the one where the weather is nicer.

Comparable can also mean exactly what it looks like: things you are “able” to “compare” are comparable. When you say that comparing two things is “like comparing apples and oranges,” you're saying the two things in question are not comparable. When you pronounce this word, remember that, unlike with “compare,” you emphasize the first syllable and swallow the first “a”: COM-pra-ble. The sounds of the two words aren't really comparable.

Definitions of comparable

adj able to be compared or worthy of comparison

comparable with
similar in some respect and so able to be compared in order to show differences and similarities
comparable to
worthy of comparison; as good as
having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
incomparable, uncomparable
such that comparison is impossible; unsuitable for comparison or lacking features that can be compared
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
unsurpassed in some respect up to the present
impossible to measure or compare in value or size or excellence
matchless, nonpareil, one, one and only, peerless, unmatchable, unmatched, unrivaled, unrivalled
eminent beyond or above comparison
alone, unequaled, unequalled, unique, unparalleled
radically distinctive and without equal
beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
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adj conforming in every respect

corresponding, like
closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree

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