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considerable

[kuh n-sid-er-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  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.
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noun
  1. Informal. much; not a little: He has done considerable for the community.
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adverb
  1. Nonstandard: Older Use. considerably; noticeably; much: I'm feeling considerable better now.
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Origin of considerable

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin consīderābilis, equivalent to consīderā- (see consider) + -bilis -ble
Related formsun·con·sid·er·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·sid·er·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words

hugegreatnoticeableampleheftyastronomicalmajorsizablesubstantialappreciablereasonablebigextensivesignificantbountifulcomfortablecommodiouslavishmarkedmuch

Examples from the Web for considerable

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • He had uttered his own practical unbelief, however, with considerable accuracy.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • A considerable portion of the land hereabouts is cultivated.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • His father and mother were in considerable perplexity about him.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • She had, in fact, graduated from a girls' school of considerable repute.

  • The bench was of considerable width--probably a mile at this point.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for considerable

considerable

adjective
  1. large enough to reckon witha considerable quantity
  2. a lot of; muchhe had considerable courage
  3. worthy of respecta considerable man in the scientific world
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Derived Formsconsiderably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for considerable

adj.

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]
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