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[sahy-zuh-buh l] /ˈsaɪ zə bəl/
Related forms
sizeableness, noun
sizeably, adverb
unsizeable, adjective


or sizeable

[sahy-zuh-buh l] /ˈsaɪ zə bəl/
of considerable size; fairly large:
He inherited a sizable fortune.
Obsolete. of convenient or suitable size.
Origin of sizable
First recorded in 1605-15; size1 + -able
Related forms
sizableness, noun
sizably, adverb
unsizable, adjective Unabridged
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  • At the saddle-bow there hung a sizeable leathern pouch, and this I found to contain a good supply of charges.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • The potential for inter-ethnic tension is deemed to be sizeable by the West.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Words such as sizeable and intransigeance are unchanged on the assumption that they were the author's intent.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • And now there's hardly a sizeable stick of timber left in the woods.

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • Most memorable among the early types was a sizeable group to which he referred in his diary and letters as psalms.

British Dictionary definitions for sizeable


quite large
Derived Forms
sizableness, sizeableness, noun
sizably, sizeably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sizeable

also sizable, 1610s, "of relatively good, suitable, or desirable size, usually somewhat large" [Century Dictionary], from size + -able. Related: Sizeably; sizeableness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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