[ 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

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin consīderābilis, equivalent to consīderā- (see consider) + -bilis -ble

OTHER WORDS FROM considerable

un·con·sid·er·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·sid·er·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for considerable

British Dictionary definitions for considerable

/ (kənˈsɪdərəbəl) /


large enough to reckon witha considerable quantity
a lot of; muchhe had considerable courage
worthy of respecta considerable man in the scientific world

Derived forms of considerable

considerably, adverb
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