from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of being understood: an understandable sentence.
- adj. Expected or accepted under the circumstances: Their anger is understandable, given what happened.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Capable of being understood; comprehensible
- adj. Capable of being accepted or excused under the circumstances
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of being understood; intelligible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That can be understood; capable of being understood; comprehensible; intelligible.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of being apprehended or understood
Gen. Petraeus's use of the word "understandable" may have been used more in the sense of predictable, rather than justifiable.
Mr. Fitzpatrick said Mr. Grassley's scrutiny, which he described as understandable given the attention paid to potential conflicts of interest in medicine, had led his organization to begin posting on its Web site the names of companies that donate $5,000 or more.
That said, Heinlein’s politics were sometimes pretty despicable in ways which make the label understandable: he often treats women as nice-but-dim home-makers but then again, see the pilots in Starship Troopers; he admires ruthless capability and doesn’t have much time for pity or mercy; he’s a social darwinist or something close to it.
I had brought another group of PCV guests on the Quba walking tour when a local guy started talking to us in understandable English.
As with anti-colonial struggles, the case for a “national liberation movement” is emotionally compelling and psychologically understandable from a Jewish point of view.
Were they connected once and split, and how active or malicious or understandable is their rivalry?
Van Horn joked him in understandable terms about the latest wives he had added to his harem and what price he had paid for them in pigs.
Our thirst for vengeance, though understandable, is distracting us from a terrible reality: the economy is in worse shape than anyone in power is prepared to admit, and public finances are completely out of control.
Although the question has its interest and it's perfectly understandable from the POV of marketing, it doesn't add much in the POV of die-hard (or not so) fans of Batman, who are more than well informed about the movie, from viral propaganda to websites like yours.
That is not a healthy approach for the good of the game's excitement, but understandable from the teams 'perspective for the long-term good.
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