[ kuhn-sid-er-uh-buhl ]
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  1. rather large or great in size, distance, extent, etc.: It cost a considerable amount. We took a considerable length of time to decide.

  2. worthy of respect, attention, etc.; important; distinguished: a considerable person.

  1. Informal. much; not a little: He has done considerable for the community.

  1. Nonstandard: Older Use. considerably; noticeably; much: I'm feeling considerable better now.

Origin of considerable

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin consīderābilis, from consīderā(re) “to examine” (see consider) + -bilis -ble

Other words from considerable

  • un·con·sid·er·a·ble, adjective
  • un·con·sid·er·a·bly, adverb

Words Nearby considerable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use considerable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for considerable


/ (kənˈsɪdərəbəl) /

  1. large enough to reckon with: a considerable quantity

  2. a lot of; much: he had considerable courage

  1. worthy of respect: a considerable man in the scientific world

Derived forms of considerable

  • considerably, adverb

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