Meaning of “understandable” in the English Dictionary

"understandable" in British English

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uk /ˌʌn.dəˈstæn.də.bəl/ us /ˌʌn.dɚˈstæn.də.bəl/

easy to understand:

You have to put the facts into a form that's understandable to everyone.

B2 You say that something, for example someone's behaviour, is understandable, if you feel that it is usual and not strange or difficult to understand:

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adverb uk /ˌʌn.dəˈstæn.də.bli/ us /ˌʌn.dɚˈstæn.də.bli/


He is understandably reluctant to talk about his medical history.

(Definition of “understandable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"understandable" in American English

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us /ˌʌn·dərˈstæn·də·bəl/

able to be understood, so that you know what something means:

You’ve got to tell a story to three-year-olds in a way that’s understandable to them.

If you say that something a person does is understandable, you feel that it is the way most people would behave in that situation:

Her actions are understandable when you consider how badly she was treated.

(Definition of “understandable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)