[uh-pree-shee-uh-buh l, -shuh-buh l]


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 formsap·pre·ci·a·bly, adverbun·ap·pre·ci·a·ble, adjectiveun·ap·pre·ci·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of appreciably

Historical Examples of appreciably

  • In fact, they are appreciably warmer than when they were first brought in.

    Spawn of the Comet

    Harold Thompson Rich

  • Pure water does not appreciably conduct the electric current.

  • Yet only one ankle-joint was appreciably the worse for this terrific experience.

    Preventable Diseases

    Woods Hutchinson

  • They cannot appreciably perturb either the planets they approach or each other.

  • The lives of several of them were appreciably modified by this meeting.

    The Golden House

    Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for appreciably



sufficient to be easily seen, measured, or noticed
Derived Formsappreciably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appreciably



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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