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[uh-pree-shee-uh-buh l, -shuh-buh l]
  1. sufficient to be readily perceived or estimated; considerable: There is an appreciable difference between socialism and communism.
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Origin of appreciable

First recorded in 1810–20; appreci(ate) + -able
Related formsap·pre·ci·a·bly, adverbun·ap·pre·ci·a·ble, adjectiveun·ap·pre·ci·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unappreciable

Historical Examples

  • Effect of the explosion:—The effect upon the vessel was unappreciable.

    Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare

    C. W. Sleeman

  • In that one line has Wordsworth done an unappreciable service to Spenser.

  • The scene is clever, but much of the wit is unappreciable as directed against productions which have not survived.

  • This improves greatly with age up to the fifth year—after that the change is unappreciable.

  • It is an unappreciable distance of time since you and I occupied the same bed, Herbert.

    Capitola's Peril

    Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

British Dictionary definitions for unappreciable


  1. sufficient to be easily seen, measured, or noticed
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Derived Formsappreciably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unappreciable



1818 (mid-15c. in sense "worthy"); from French appréciable and directly from Medieval Latin appretiabilis, from Late Latin appretiare (see appreciate). Related: Appreciably.

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