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[kuh n-sid-er-uh-buh l] /kənˈsɪd ər ə bəl/
rather large or great in size, distance, extent, etc.:
It cost a considerable amount. We took a considerable length of time to decide.
worthy of respect, attention, etc.; important; distinguished:
a considerable person.
Informal. much; not a little:
He has done considerable for the community.
Nonstandard: Older Use. considerably; noticeably; much:
I'm feeling considerable better now.
Origin of considerable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin consīderābilis, equivalent to consīderā- (see consider) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
unconsiderable, adjective
unconsiderably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for considerable
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  • He had uttered his own practical unbelief, however, with considerable accuracy.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • A considerable portion of the land hereabouts is cultivated.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • His father and mother were in considerable perplexity about him.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • She had, in fact, graduated from a girls' school of considerable repute.

  • The bench was of considerable width--probably a mile at this point.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for considerable


large enough to reckon with: a considerable quantity
a lot of; much: he had considerable courage
worthy of respect: a considerable man in the scientific world
Derived Forms
considerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for considerable

mid-15c., "capable of being considered," from Medieval Latin considerabilis "worthy to be considered," from Latin considerare (see consider). Meaning "pretty large" is from 1640s (implied in considerably).

CONSIDERABLE. This word is still frequently used in the manner out by Dr. Witherspoon in the following remark: "He is considerable of a surveyor; considerable of it may found in the country. This manner of speaking in the northern parts." [Pickering, 1816]

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