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adjective ap·pre·cia·ble \ə-ˈprē-shə-bəl, -ˈpri-sh(ē-)ə-bəl\

Simple Definition of appreciable

  • : large enough to be noticed or measured

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of appreciable

  1. :  capable of being perceived or measured <no appreciable difference>

appreciablyplay \-blē\ adverb

Examples of appreciable in a sentence

  1. <there doesn't seem to be any appreciable difference between this piece and that one>

Did You Know?

Appreciable, like the verb "appreciate," comes from the Late Latin verb appretiare ("to appraise" or "to put a price on"). It is one of several English adjectives that can be applied to something that can be detected, felt, or measured. Specifically, "appreciable" applies to what is highly noticeable or definitely measurable, whereas "perceptible," which is often paired with "barely" or "scarcely," applies to what can be discerned to a minimal extent. "Sensible" refers to something that is clearly perceived; a sensible difference in someone's expression is easily detected. "Palpable" applies to something that, if it doesn't have actual physical substance, is nevertheless quite noticeable via the senses ("a palpable chill in the air"). "Tangible" is used for something capable of being handled or grasped, either physically or mentally ("tangible evidence").


First Known Use of appreciable


Synonym Discussion of appreciable

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent <a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener>. sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind <an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature>. palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable <the tension in the air was almost palpable>. tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally <no tangible evidence of UFOs>. appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable <an appreciable increase in income>. ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance <exerted a ponderable influence on world events>.

APPRECIABLE Defined for Kids


adjective ap·pre·cia·ble \ə-ˈprē-shə-bəl\

Definition of appreciable for Students

  1. :  large enough to be noticed or measured <an appreciable change>

appreciably \-blē\ adverb

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