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[uh-pree-shee-uh-buh l, -shuh-buh l] /əˈpri ʃi ə bəl, -ʃə bəl/
sufficient to be readily perceived or estimated; considerable:
There is an appreciable difference between socialism and communism.
Origin of appreciable
First recorded in 1810-20; appreci(ate) + -able
Related forms
appreciably, adverb
unappreciable, adjective
unappreciably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The Leopard Woman hesitated the least appreciable portion of a second.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • There followed an appreciable pause, then two quick flashes.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • And they have been increasing in power and precision at an appreciable rate.

    The Issahar Artifacts Jesse Franklin Bone
  • I have seen it lower, but after forty below the difference is not appreciable.

  • They are not found to any appreciable extent in food plants.

  • For no appreciable reason, she kept it locked, and the key under the bureau cover.

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British Dictionary definitions for appreciable


/əˈpriːʃɪəbəl; -ʃəbəl/
sufficient to be easily seen, measured, or noticed
Derived Forms
appreciably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appreciable

1818 (mid-15c. in sense "worthy"); from French appréciable and directly from Medieval Latin appretiabilis, from Late Latin appretiare (see appreciate). Related: Appreciably.

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