[in-kuh n-sid-er-uh-buh l]


small, as in value, amount, or size.
not worth consideration or notice; trivial.

Origin of inconsiderable

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-3 + considerable
Related formsin·con·sid·er·a·ble·ness, nounin·con·sid·er·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inconsiderable

Contemporary Examples of inconsiderable

  • Now, I will confess that there exists a not inconsiderable handful of Sandler movies of which I am… not a fan.

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    Emily L. Hauser

    March 25, 2013

  • Of course, the political calculus of extending the outreach to appointments is not inconsiderable.

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    Rise of the Obamicans

    John Avlon

    June 4, 2009

Historical Examples of inconsiderable

  • This settlement is inconsiderable, tho' one of the oldest next to the capital.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • But the practical value of what we have found seems to me not inconsiderable.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • In the daylight the bushes were inconsiderable and the path was bright in the morning sun.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He had gone no inconsiderable distance when his doubts were abruptly confirmed.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • But I suppose it was really an inconsiderable amount, at that.

British Dictionary definitions for inconsiderable



relatively small
not worthy of consideration; insignificant
Derived Formsinconsiderableness, nouninconsiderably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconsiderable

1590s, from French inconsidérable (16c.), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + considérable (see considerable). Related: Inconsiderably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper