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
The Viking landers had confirmed that martian air is made up almost entirely of carbon dioxide, and had found that the planet’s rusty red dirt contains an appreciable amount of water.
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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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