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[noh-ti-suh-buh l]
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  1. attracting notice or attention; capable of being noticed: a noticeable lack of interest.
  2. worthy or deserving of notice or attention; noteworthy: a book that is noticeable for its vivid historical background.
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Origin of noticeable

First recorded in 1790–1800; notice + -able
Related formsno·tice·a·bil·i·ty, nounno·tice·a·bly, adverbun·no·tice·a·ble, adjectiveun·no·tice·a·ble·ness, nounun·no·tice·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusednotable noteworthy noticeable


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1. conspicuous, prominent 2. notable.


1. inconspicuous.
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Examples from the Web for noticeable

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Historical Examples

  • I there met young men, many, and not the least noticeable of whom, came from this section.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • To Gloria the note of uneasiness in his voice was not noticeable.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • The silence following the usual drone of conversation was noticeable.

  • His tone was so even, so expressionless, that its slightest changes were noticeable.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • The distinction between the mathematician and the dialectician is also noticeable.

British Dictionary definitions for noticeable


  1. easily seen or detected; perceptiblethe stain wasn't noticeable
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Derived Formsnoticeability, nounnoticeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for noticeable


1796, "worthy of notice," from notice (n.) + -able. Meaning "capable of being noticed" is from 1809. Related: Noticeably.

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