Definition of appreciable
: capable of being perceived or measured no appreciable difference
appreciablyplay \-blē\ adverb
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Examples of appreciable in a Sentence
there doesn't seem to be any appreciable difference between this piece and that one
Recent Examples of appreciable from the Web
For children, who had no copay, there was no appreciable change.
Investors are beginning to worry that with sky-high valuations, central bank tightening, and no appreciable progress on Trump's economic agenda, a major correction lurks.
There is no evidence whatsoever that voter fraud occurs on any appreciable scale.
Subjects who were not obese experienced no appreciable change.
To miss on both would leave the Heat unimproved to any appreciable degree — essentially standing pat as the rest of the NBA percolates with activity.
Even in countries where right-wing populist parties have attracted appreciable support, the relationship between populist sentiment and actual support is remarkably hit or miss.
And overall, there have been six series in which a team has averaged at least four more shots and at least eight more attempts per game than their opponents (including the Cup Final), what could be considered an appreciable gap.
The Monday after the race is listed as the first day with any appreciable chance of rain.
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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").
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APPRECIABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appreciable for English Language Learners
: large enough to be noticed or measured
APPRECIABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of appreciable for Students
: large enough to be noticed or measured an appreciable change
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