Origin of considerable
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We were on it for forty minutes of the film, a considerable part of our schedule.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That is thanks in considerable part to the cops, no matter what else is said about a few of them.
The series was cancelled after one season, but Leto had already proven his considerable talent.
According to James Madison, there was “a considerable pause.”
He finishes off the task he has set himself here with considerable precision and skill.
This part of this letter was written, as Johnson goes on to say, a considerable time before the conclusion.Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)|Boswell
A secondary result would be a considerable power development and a source of domestic water supply for southern California.State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge|Calvin Coolidge
Mary had contrived to quiet her lover with considerable propriety of demeanour.Doctor Thorne|Anthony Trollope
The climate of Cannes has been the subject of a considerable variety of opinion,—the preponderance being, however, in its favour.
They all made a tour of the mine which had been dug a considerable distance into the mountain.Deadwood Dick, The Prince of the Road|Edward L. Wheeler
mid-15c., "capable of being considered," from Medieval Latin considerabilis "worthy to be considered," from Latin considerare (see consider). Meaning "pretty large" is from 1640s (implied in considerably).
CONSIDERABLE. This word is still frequently used in the manner out by Dr. Witherspoon in the following remark: "He is considerable of a surveyor; considerable of it may found in the country. This manner of speaking in the northern parts." [Pickering, 1816]