ap·​pre·​cia·​ble | \ ə-ˈprē-shə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio) , -ˈpri-sh(ē-)ə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio) \

Definition of appreciable

: capable of being perceived or measured no appreciable difference

Other Words from appreciable

appreciably \ ə-​ˈprē-​shə-​blē How to pronounce appreciable (audio) , -​ˈpri-​sh(ē-​)ə-​blē \ adverb

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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

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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").

Examples of appreciable in a Sentence

there doesn't seem to be any appreciable difference between this piece and that one
Recent Examples on the Web Occasional low to moderate alcohol intake—a glass or two of wine or beer—doesn’t have an appreciable effect. Oliver Lee Bateman, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 After roll-out, there was no appreciable difference in the number of trucks leaving the warehouse. Jeffrey Ton, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Chances of appreciable cooling after that are slim. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 One potential Russian breakout outside Donetsk may be designed to reach troops farther west that have failed to make appreciable gains, the official said. Alex Horton,, 16 May 2022 Those with an appreciable interest in nonphysical playfulness scored high, and playful adults who were physically active scored the highest. Kevin Johnson, Outside Online, 4 May 2022 Western officials have said despite the attacks there has been no appreciable impact on Ukraine’s ability to resupply its forces. David Keyton,, 15 May 2022 Novic inserts frequent lessons, ostensibly prepared by a teacher at the school, and dives into minor characters to no appreciable point. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The sap doesn’t flow to any appreciable extent; few red robins are visible, and there is no excess of greensward. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of appreciable

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Appreciable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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ap·​pre·​cia·​ble | \ ə-ˈprē-shə-bəl How to pronounce appreciable (audio) \

Kids Definition of appreciable

: large enough to be noticed or measured an appreciable change

Other Words from appreciable

appreciably \ -​blē \ adverb

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